Beneficiaries provide some materials to build their Dos por Tres, Proyecto Mirador does the rest.
We believe in a joint investment with our beneficiaries, or what we term, “No Cuesta, No Cuida" or if something is free, you will not value and take good care of it.
Every family shares in the cost of its stove by providing materials and time to help build it but they do not pay us cash.
Proyecto Mirador contributes technicians to build each Dos por Tres stove in a family home. We provide all materials for installation, including the plancha (cooktop), ceramic pieces for the firebox (stove mouth), and the chimney. We then revisit homes to follow up with training on the use and maintenance of the stove.
Beneficiary families supply the remaining components including a ready-made base on which to build the stove, cement, bricks, adobe blocks, and wood ash. These materials are equivalent in value to about $12-15. They are common items available in the villages and do not constitute a barrier to participation for even the poorest families. Families must also assist in construction.
We believe “No Cuesta, No Cuida” has been critical to the success of the Dos por Tres project. Given the enormous wood savings of an improved stove, a poor family’s investment is repaid in about two months.
By providing time and materials for their stove, beneficiaries contribute about 1/3 of the stove cost. This participation helps to insure each family cares for and maintains their stove properly.