This project continues the legacy of Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, the founder of the Green Belt Movement, who planted 30 million trees over the span of 16 years in her native Kenya. Like many African countries, Kenya witnesses important demographic growth, which has resulted in deforestation. According to the United Nations, Kenya loses 50,000 hectares of forest per year. With its forest cover standing at less than 3 percent, it is one of the least green countries in Sub-Saharan Africa today. This can be partially attributed to the fact that wood is the No. 1 energy source in rural areas. Each household consumes an average of 13 kilograms of wood per day, resulting in long hours of gathering wood for the local women. The traditional cookstoves used by Kenyans are made of three stones over which branches are laid. The inefficient design of these stoves, called “jiko” in Swahili, allows both precious heat and noxious smoke to escape. According to the World Health Organization, smoke exposure from these stoves is equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.