March, 2020 Improved cookstoves. Photo 1 above shows an improved stove that Bounchan had bought for his quarters in Luang Prabang. Observe the clearly hotter fire chamber. The next three photos were taken in the shop in Luang Prabang where our cookstoves were purchased. The remaining photos, including a comparison of the efficiency of various cookstoves appearing in photo 5, were taken from a slick promotional brochure created by the Dutch NGO SNV encouraging the purchase of these locally produced cookstoves and promoting the opportunities for women entrepreneurs. try to find the old article
Check out the brochure here; the first half has English translations and even an interesting recipe. Definitely worth a look. Also worth checking out is the SNV website; I wish my country, Canada, was was doing something like this!!
Getting the stoves to the village. Cookstoves are being loaded onto a mini-truck in photo1 above. After crossing the Mekong by ferry from Luang Prabang (photo 2), there is a 28 km drive to Houy Thak (Hoi Tak). Photo 3 shows the route on Google Earth. In the next 3 photos cookstoves are transferred to Chinese Buffalo tractors at Houy Thak for the final 8 km.
Photo 7 shows a better section of the road on a beautiful, sunny afternoon. The final 3 photos show the stoves being stored in Bounchan’s house prior to distribution. (Add photos of the new stoves in use.)