I’m from the Atlantic Rainforest region of Brazil, where some of the most biologically diverse areas can be found in our planet, but where deforestation and forest degradation continue to occur at alarming rates. Today, less than six percent of the original area still stands, fragmented and unprotected.
I’m from the northeast section of the biome, where millions of low-income households still depend directly on these forest fragments for among other uses the collection of wood as fuel for cooking. I came to the Kinship Fellows Program to find new solutions to address this issue.
The Kinship program introduced me to other professionals working with similar challenges and with a variety of potential solutions and approaches. Through lectures, presentations and field trips, I was introduced to many concepts that were not well known to me. One of them is something that I was able to develop as a response to the challenge of wood burning stoves.
We are the first and only organization in Brazil selling carbon credits from the substitution of wood burning stoves. So far, we have built 6000 units in over 400 communities. In 2016, we will start a new cycle of construction, expecting to complete another 2300 units.
What’s unique about our cook stove project is that is has been fully funded from the proceeds of the carbon credit sales. We are very proud of our market-based approach, which has forced us to work as a business with very lean operating costs, extremely reduced administrative expenses, firm timelines, and concrete, independently-audited results.
As a Kinship Fellow, I continue to learn and exchange experiences with people who share a common vision of achieving more effective and market-driven results to surmount the professional challenges we face in our jobs. Kinship gave me the opportunity to meet an amazing group of interesting people from around the world, all with great professional experience and leadership skills!
“The Kinship program introduced me to other professionals working with similar challenges and with a variety of potential solutions and approaches.”