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Many families in rural areas of east African nations are struggling with unemployment and poverty. This becomes painfully visible when you take into account that a family in these areas can spend up to one third of their monthly income just on cooking fuel, like wood or charcoal. Additional to this economic burden, people are poisoned by hazardous gases coming from open firepits inside houses or shacks, where women and children are the most affected due to the applied social norms of traditional gender roles. Breathing the smoke of indoor cooking fires is the cause of massive suffering on the African continent; diseases such as pneumonia and lung cancer are prevalent. In this lies the main cause of fatal infections for children under five years old. Pneumonia in itself accounts for around 20 percent yearly deaths among African children. To understand the extent of the toxic smoke which is released when people use wood or traditional charcoal for cooking. A single hour of being exposed to an open fire is comparable to inhaling the smoke of 400 cigarettes.  Burning wood leads to toxic and partly carcinogenic emissions inside the house, as well as contributes to a second major problem: deforestation. Forest clearance has already led to soil erosion, crop losses, desertification, and therefore results in the decline of ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity.