Tuik Ruch Lew Improved Cookstove Project For Lake Atitlan


TRL’s Improved Cookstove (ICS) Project enables community access to sustainable energy technology by providing, installing, and maintaining energy efficient cookstoves at a subsidized rate. This social service directly addresses energy poverty in addition to several other socio-economic challenges facing the indigenous communities in the Sololá Department as a consequence of years of systemic discrimination and neglect. Through the distribution of ONIL stoves, this grouped project reduces demand for wood fuel, slowing local deforestation and empowering the Tz’utujil Maya people of Lake Atitlán, a community disadvantaged daily by extreme economic, environmental, and public health struggles.

By replacing open cooking fires with ICS technology and performing energy efficiency improvements in existing biomass fired cookstoves, the project reduces energy demand in the form of wood fuel, thus generating net GHG reductions

This project underwent public comment for validation to the Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard  02 January to 02 February 2020.

This project underwent public comment for verification to the Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard 14 February to 13 March 2020.

Project ID:



Under development and under verification

SD VISta Claims:

SDG Target 7.1: Increase proportion of population with primary reliance on clean fuels and technology.

SDG Target 7.2: Increase the renewable energy share in the total final energy consumption.

SDG Target 7.3: Increase number of light fixtures that undergo improvements in energy efficiency.

SDG Target 1.1: Decrease proportion of population below the poverty line by, by sex, age, employment status and geographical location (urban/ rural)

SDG Target 1.2: Decrease the proportion of population living below the national poverty line, by sex, and age

SDG Target 1.4: Increase the proportion of population living in households with access to basic services.

SDG Target 3.2: Implement activities to decrease under five mortality rate and neonatal mortality rate.

SDG Target 3.4: Implement activities to decrease mortality rate attributed to household ambient air pollution

SDG Target 8.10: Increase proportion of adults (15 years and older) with an account at a bank or other financial institution or with a mobile-money-service provider.

SDG Target 5.4: Decrease proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location.

SDG Target 6.1: Increase proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services.

SDG Target 3.9: Implement activities to decrease mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene.



Project Proponent:

Tuik Ruch Lew Helping the Earth

Other Standards:

VCS Program 

Project Documents:

SD VISta Project Description Draft 12 January 2020
SD VISta Monitoring Report Draft 01 September 2018 to 01 January 2020
SD VISta Monitoring Report Draft 01 September 2018 to 01 January 2020 – Spanish

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