In 2016 a Marlborough Family wanted to support their Pacific Island viticulture workers after hearing their many stories and associated challenges. They committed their retirement fund to import 700 Ace1 Clean Cook-stoves from Africa. This one robust device addresses many of the disadvantages suffered by half the worlds population who still cook over open fires, a leading cause of lung and eye disease in women and young children.
“As a small family-owned business we have been able to support close to 200 families around the Pacific via our Clean Cook-stove Initiative, we knew that simply providing these devices was only part of the solution. We needed to expand our reach, help demonstrate both the device and recipes that might help address the numerous health issues, and provide access to finance”.
We have seen the results, have continued to develop complimentary solutions such as the ZECO bag and continued to build partnerships with community groups, educators and mentors, here and around the Pacific.
Every ACE1 sold here in Aotearoa helps offset cost to our whanau around the Pacific, contributing to cleaner air, while saving forest around the Pacific.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
The 17 SDGs are integrated—that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.
There is a widening gap between income and the cost of living. This can be very hard to bridge when access to basic appliances such as cookstoves are not available with alternates requiring power supplies or imported fuels.
Not only are people financially constrained but time-poor as days are spent gathering fuel, and then spending hours preparing food over an open fire.
This ties many Pasifika women to the task of keeping fires going while caring for young children who are then subjected to unhealthy smoke, often receiving serious burns.
Time free of this daily grind creates a window of opportunity for other activities in the community or establishing their own business, as is the case with Samoa’s Women in Business Movement.
The ACE1 offers fast, safe and clean cooking while using readily available sustainable fuel such as coconut shells.