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Walking into the home of one of the three billion people worldwide who depend on solid fuels for cooking, the need for improved cookstoves immediately becomes clear. The room is full of smoke as a woman cooks over a three-stone fire, her children inhaling it as they sit a few feet away. Indoor air pollution is responsible for four million deaths per year. The smoke inhaled in homes like this is equivalent to two packs of cigarettes per day. For families like this, there is no alternative; breathing in this life-threatening smoke is the only way to eat.

Prakti stoves reduce indoor air pollution by up to 90 percent, allowing the world’s poor to live dramatically cleaner and healthier lives without changing the foods they cook or fuels they use.  To learn more about the positive health impacts our stoves are having around the world, check out the stories below.