The New Hestian Project’s improved cookstoves and fuel efficiency projects in Southern Africa directly reduce indoor cooking smoke.

Our interventions are funded via a Greenhouse Gas Reduction system. The better local entrepreneurs perform, the more they are rewarded. We think it’s a clever and innovative system.

The stoves replace traditional 3 Stone Fires that are highly demanding in terms of biomass and releases considerable quantities of smoke.


More than 50% of premature deaths among children under 5 are due to pneumonia caused by particulate matter (soot) inhaled from household air pollution.
The New Hestian Project’s stoves significantly reduce exposure to household air pollution.
A recent survey in Malawi showed that switching from a 3 Stone Fire to a Chitetezo Mbaula stove led to reductions of 46% in particulate matter and 44% in carbon monoxide.

Cookstoves promoted by The Hestian Project are hand made using local materials, fostering local ingenuity and self-reliance.


A well-prepared stove user can reduce her family’s woodfuel usage by up to 80%!
Malawi alone suffered 57% deforestation from 1972 to 1992.
Its ongoing deforestation rate is 2.8% per year- a massive environmental challenge.
Much of this is due to cooking and heating with wood and other forms of biomass – this is true for most of Africa.
Africa’s population is growing, forests are being cleared for human settlement and wood is being harvested faster than it is being replanted. The socio-economic implications are scary.
Cleaner cooking can help reverse this trend.


from less household smoke


for 1000’s of women in rural areas of Africa


for 10,000s of ultra-low-income families


trough Greenhouse Gas Reductions and natural resource preservation

By 11th of January 2020,

The New Hestian Project’s efforts have resulted in over 677,905 homes using improved portable cookstoves and institutions like schools using 1,359 fixed institutional stoves which has helped create over 2,000 jobs.

In Malawi, the initiative has reached 3,3 million beneficiaires with the portable solution.
In Rwanda, the outreach is approximately 10,000 people.