Nancy Hughes

Smoke from indoor cooking fires kills more people than AIDS and eight times as many as malaria.  It is the leading cause of death of children under age five.

This killer is virtually unknown as its victims are women and children.

Cooking shouldn’t kill!

Nancy Hughes, President of StoveTeam International, transformed a small Rotary club project into this effective international charity to help develop sustainable local factories in the developing world that produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient stoves


The Ecocina stoves they produce reduce deforestation and carbon emissions while eliminating both burns and respiratory illnesses. In the eight years since StoveTeam International’s inception, 56,334 stoves have improved the lives of more than
422,505 individuals in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico.

For her work, Nancy has been honored as a Rotary White House Champion of Change and has been featured on the PBS Newshour. She is a CNN Hero, and the recipient of the prestigious International Purpose Prize.