Recovery tourism” campaign aims to deliver one hundred solar ovens to Puerto Rico where 400,000 residents are still without power – while stimulating the tourism economy
Press Release – Minneapolis, MN – February 26, 2018: Solavore, LLC, a women-owned social enterprise committed to the manufacture and global distribution of 100% fuel-free clean cooking technology, reported today that their crowdfunding campaign to distribute the Solavore Sport solar oven in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria has reached over 50% of its initial goal in 48 hours and is trending as “Most Popular” on Indiegogo’s charity crowd funding site Generosity.com. The campaign, which commenced last week, has a stated goal of raising a minimum of $5,500 to send twenty-five ovens to Puerto Rico, with an end goal of one hundred solar ovens in total. The campaign runs through March 29; and can be viewed here.
Five months after hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rican shores, 400,000 residents remain without power and the island’s power authority faces a rocky funding future, likely resulting in future outages. Tourism – a mainstay of the Puerto Rican economy – has largely been written off for the 2018 winter season in many regions. And the start of this year’s hurricane season is just four months away.
As such, relief, recovery and readiness are the three broad goals behind the campaign to deploy 100% fuel-free cooking alternatives to families still without power and those most vulnerable to future outages. In addition, the program yields two important tangential benefits: establishing a proof point for solar ovens in disaster recovery and creating a new form of enterprise for the island in the form of “recovery tourism” – of which this campaign is an example.
Recovery tourism is a concept first pursued by Patterson and ten friends in the wake of hurricane Sandy when they gathered in New York City to work on mold-remediation crews in the hurricane-ravaged of Sheepshead Bay, The Rockaways, and Staten Island. Dubbing themselves “The Birthday Girls for Good,” they will repeat the program in Puerto Rico this spring with the support of San Juan based Acampa Nature Adventures, an eco-tourism company that lost its rain-forest infrastructure in Maria and is this year lending its 20-year knowledge of the mountain and coastal regions to guide volunteer recovery efforts. The Birthday Girls group is all-volunteer and self-funded; 100% of crowdfunding campaign proceeds go to solar oven deployment.
“The Solavore Sport solar oven cooks economical, nutritious meals for a family of six, bakes bread, and pasteurizes water – totally unattended,” notes Solavore CEO Anne Patterson. “And this rugged black box, 100% made in the USA, will be around for years and hurricanes to come, becoming part of a Puerto Rican household’s sustainable energy platform long after the lights are back on.”
The Solavore Sport is a virtually indestructible, retained-heat box-type solar oven made of rugged, durable, lightweight injection-molded industrial-recycled nylon resin. Surround insulation and two-pot capacity enable unattended, family-size year-round cooking. The included water pasteurization indicator adds clean water to the Sport’s versatility, along with slow-cooking, baking, and de-hydrating. The Sport solar oven is an industry leader in price, performance, family-size capacity and rugged durability.
As a social enterprise, Solavore’s profits from the sale of their solar ovens are used to support the distribution of solar ovens to individual families throughout the developing world where nearly 3 billion families today cook on indoor open fires, resulting in respiratory disease and climate-altering deforestation. For more information visit: http://www.solavore.com.
Solavore is a women-owned social enterprise whose mission is to promote clean-cooking technology around the world. Solavore pledges to use its profits to remain independent and self- sustaining while providing clean cooking alternatives to the world’s 3 billion people who are still cooking over open fires. Solavore is a member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves and Solar Cookers International. For further information please visit www.solavore.com. Follow Solavore on facebook at www.facebook.com/solavore, on Instagram and on Twitter @Solavore.
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