Rosalinda is working with us in testing and developing a new tortilla cookstove. She used to sell tortillas in a small shack near the market using a simple cookstove made from an old oil drum and a traditional clay dish (comal). At the time she was buying 1.5 bundles of firewood every day which cost her just under $8 (60 Quetzales).
With her new stove Rosalinda says that she is paying just over $1 every day for her firewood, a saving of about 80%. This equates to a monthly saving of nearly $200 (Q1,500).
Not only is the stove saving her money, the family can now work in a smoke free environment.
Our group of tortilleras like Rosalinda are giving us invaluable feedback on how we can improve the design further. The initial trials seem promising and the women seem excited!