Healthy Stoves in Rural and Urban Homes and Family Businesses in Nicaragua: Asociación Fénix Programme for Improved Stoves

"Healthy stoves in rural homes and family businesses in Nicaragua" shows the results in terms of gender equality obtained by Asociación Fénix, a Nicaraguan non-governmental and non-profit organisation established in 2001 that works to promote renewable energy sources and responsible use of natural resources to reduce climate change. This study describes the process of a program that began in 2012, to promote and install improved biomass stoves (IBS). At the same time, the study shares certain considerations on: (i) The need for community involvement in similar projects; (ii) women’s economic empowerment and their opportunities to participate in non-traditional roles, and; (iii) positive health impacts for women, children, and older adults by substituting a traditional cook stove with an IBS.