Simón’s Smart Stove

As I learn and scout for my upcoming TV special on global poverty and smart development, I’m especially interested in the “low-hanging fruit” of development aid: simple, low-tech, inexpensive tools, ideas, or innovations that make a huge difference in people’s lives. And smart stoves are a perfect example.

With the help of the Guatemala director of Project Concern International, Pascale Wagner — a brilliant woman who’s dedicated 18 years to helping Guatemala develop — and with no help from my embarrassing lack of Spanish language skills, I enjoyed a fascinating little visit to a home that has benefited greatly from a smart stove. Join me in this little clip and take a look for yourself.

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