100 Under $100 Goes to the UN Commission on the Status of Women 60

By |March 16th, 2016|biodigesters, efficient cooking, fuel savings, Global South, improved cookstoves, microloans, UN|

At the UN for CSW60   Back in 2009 I was the Communications Director for a GreenMicrofinance, a small NGO/Social Business hybrid with a big idea, linking eco-smart technology to microfinancing. While our primary goal was poverty alleviation, we were well aware that women at home hugely benefit from domestic-based upgrades. […]

Self-Help International’s Poverty-Busting Double Barrel Stove

By |December 8th, 2015|efficient cooking, fuel savings, Ghana, improved cookstoves, income generation, microloans|

Nicaraguan Baker Using a Fuel Efficient Double Barrel Oven – Photo: Self-Help International After my book came out, I hoped to learn of additional efficient, affordable, well-designed tools to help global women escape poverty to promote and share. I was thrilled when an email from Self-Help International appeared in my inbox […]

STEM Summer Students Design Solar Stoves, by Sophia Gluskin-Braun (Brown ’18)

By |October 1st, 2015|efficient cooking, fuel savings, improved cookstoves|

Spira campers creating solar stoves To start off the environmental engineering unit at Spira, a free engineering camp [...]

Time Poverty: Women and Girls Work Too Hard to Generate Income

By |September 24th, 2015|cellphones, efficient cooking, female farmers, income generation, solar powered appliances, The Gambia, Water|

This blogpost was written for a favorite blog of mine, Dr. Linda Scott’s DoubleXEconomy. Technology has the power to help impoverished women in low-resource areas radically increase their productivity and escape poverty. This is precisely what happened over the last century in the developed world: the innovations of household electricity and running water unleashed a parade of labor-saving devices. […]

Parabolic Solar Reflector Cooking – Clean and Green

By |January 16th, 2015|efficient cooking, low tech/high impact, solar|

Photo: Solar Cooking WIki - P-Solar, MoroccoParabolic solar reflectors are large though portable. A pot or kettle is suspended, or set [...]

Solar Box Cookers: Zero Fuel, Zero Smoke, Zero Carbon

By |January 16th, 2015|efficient cooking, solar|

Solar box cooker from SKGSanghaSolar box stoves are sturdier than the simpler solar reflector cookers. They have enhanced features like [...]

THe Slow Cooker that Requires No Electricity

By |April 30th, 2014|Atlantic Things That Work Series, efficient cooking, fuel savings|

My third column for The AtlanticWonderbags are thermal-retention cookers, technology that's been around since humans realized that wrapping up a hot [...]

Photo of the Week: The Hay Basket: Low Tech, Free, Tried & True

By |May 17th, 2013|efficient cooking, fuel savings, Global South export to the Global North, health, picture of the week, South Africa, Woman Humanitarian Tech Stars|

This young lady definitely wants to see what's cooking.  Insulating hay baskets are excellent for cooking large quantities of food, [...]