At Eknis we firmly believe that every person in the world can, and should, be empowered to preserve our environment and our way of life through sustainable development. We have found a way to achieve this from our kitchens. The use of Tekoli, our biomass microgasifier for cooking allows us to generate a positive social and environmental impact on an unprecedented scale. And these are its benefits:
They burn the smoke: In the world, every year more people die from diseases related to indoor air pollution than from malaria and AIDS combined. When cooking with biomass gas, Tekoli users enjoy a flame that in the long run saves the lives of countless women and children around the world.
They save wood and money: Since the Tekoli system uses the chemical potential of the smoke instead of letting it escape outdoors, or channeling it through a chimney, users of these stoves can see their fuel consumption reduced by at least half. . This makes the stoves end up paying for themselves.
They produce charcoal and money: Tekoli means "coal" in Nahuatl, the ancestral language of central Mexico, from where our equipment originates. Our stoves generate as biochar waste a porous form of charcoal that, when enriched with microorganisms or natural fertilizers and mixed with the soil, produces an incomparable increase in crop yield. Families that use a Tekoli stove can sell the produced charcoal or use it themselves; in either case, its benefit is triple.
They displace and capture carbon: By using Tekoli systems and their waste, people tangibly displace and sequester the carbon that would otherwise return to the atmosphere through either combustion or decay processes.
They empower: The business model to extend the use of Tekoli stoves involves a scheme of microdistributors-consignment-financing that will allow people to make money while benefiting nature.