Earlier this year in August, Envirofit Mexico donated two wood-saving stoves to the Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) in support of the community of Xaltepec, Huauchinango, which was severely affected by Storm Earl.
Heavy rains from the storm triggered landslides in the mountains of the northern state of Puebla, near Mexico’s Gulf coast, which caused at least 33 deaths and left nearly two thousand people homeless. An entire hillside collapsed near Huauchinango, sweeping down on the nearby village.
Many of the affected families were forced to relocate to shelters provided by the municipal government, where safely and efficiently feeding those affected quickly became a priority. Seeing an opportunity to help, Envirofit Mexico demonstrated a spirit of solidarity and social commitment by donating two cookstoves designed to feed large groups. The stoves donated were the Envirofit SaverPro Griddle and SaverPro 50, both of which were developed for the Latin America market, and reduce fuel use by 60% -70% while virtually eliminating exposure to smoke.
It is our hope that these stoves will help those staying the Huauchinango shelter be able to put their efforts towards rebuilding their lives and their community rather than collecting fuel. The availability of clean energy products in humanitarian and crisis settings is often overlooked given the other pressures faced by those affected, however resources are often scarce and the ability to feed families efficiently is a necessity.
As an internationally recognized Certified B Corporation, Envirofit follows the Triple Bottom Line approach to business that values people and the planet in addition to profits. Envirofit’s vision is one where everyone has access to affordable energy products that improve their lives, their community, their economy and the environment. Helping in difficult times is one way we hope to realize this vision.