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People for Guatemala, Inc.

Promoting healthy families, saving lives and saving trees.

How we helped

Until a few years ago Maya women living in rural Guatemala didn't know they had a choice to live healthier lives. The women and young girls have cooked over open fires for hundreds of years and suffered from heart and respiratory problems, eye irritations, and constant headaches from breathing the toxic smoke inside their kitchens. Children, especially under the age of 5, die needlessly from pneumonia and burns. This grant will provide 185 families with a Chapina stove. More than 1,000 people will benefit each year for the next 10-15 years. Chapina stoves use 70 percent less wood than open fire cook stoves thus saving nearby forests from degradation. Women will be healthier, children will no longer suffer from life-threatening burns, and entire communities will be safer because women will not have to walk for hours to find firewood.

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