Unreasonable at Sea: Prakti Stoves

WHO (World Health Organization) reports that smoke from cooking fires kills over 1.6 million people every year. In rural areas, women spend an average of 20 hours per week collecting wood and spend up to 40% of their income on fuel. While accommodating traditional cooking techniques, recipes, and fuel, Prakti stoves cut fuel use in half and reduce the smoke emitted by 70%.

After working full time on stoves for 8 years in 15 countries, Prakti has the key to be the first enterprise to unlock the global stove market. Today, 250,000 people living in 4 countries and on 3 continents around the world eat their meals each day cooked on Prakti stoves. But that’s not enough for founder Mouhsine Serrar.

To gain empathy and insight into Myanmar’s market, we followed him as he visited a rural village in Yangoon and let a local restaurant owner put his stove to the test. The results of Mouhsine’s findings may surprise you.

Social entrepreneur Mouhsine Serrar participated in [email protected], which was a program in partnership with Semester at Sea and the Stanford d.School, which brought together a cohort of 10 social impact companies who sailed around the world for 100 days, over 25,000 nautical miles, into 13 different countries. This is one episode in a 12 part series. If you want to view more about the series go to [email protected] or Unreasonable.is.

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