Amongst the three billion people who rely on solid fuels for cooking, many are forced to spend up to a third of their income purchasing fuel. With continuously disappearing forests and diminishing access to fuel sources, the numbers of those forced to buy their fuel are only increasing. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, charcoal production is a $10 billion industry.
By reducing fuel consumption up to 80 percent, Prakti stoves offer dramatic cost savings to users. Without altering their cooking methods or fuel used, families are able to purchase significantly less wood or charcoal. Institutions like schools, restaurants, and hospitals can similarly save money on wood purchased each month—or, using the same stove, can begin producing their own biomass briquettes from waste and eliminate fuel costs altogether.