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Bolivia-Inti blue box cookers cropped

Local villagers in Bolivia proudly display their recently completed solar box cookers using their new carpentry skills.

The French organization Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil credits three “Ps” for their successes in spreading solar cookers: passion, perseverance, and positive attitude. In 2008, they trained around 1,800 new solar cooks. As of the end of 2011, Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil had distributed more than 16,000 cookers in the Andean countries of Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Argentina, benefiting 80,000 people in communities there. Thirty of their solar cooking trainers are present in these Andean countries. Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil also distributes Rocket Stoves in Chile and Argentina and has several initiatives in Africa, where an emphasis is placed on the wood saving aspect of solar cookers and the Rocket Stove. These initiatives have met with considerable success.

In their home country of France, Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil has programs for school age children centered around solar cooking.

Most significant solar cooking projectsEdit

  • Bolivia and Peru have benefitted from successful solar cooking programs - The French NGO, Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil and Bolivian NGO CEDESOL (working with Bolivian company Sobre la Roca, which produces solar cookers and high efficiency biomass stoves) have together trained thousands of Bolivians and Peruvians to build and use sturdy solar box cookers and fuel-efficient woodstoves. Bolivia Inti-Sud reports they have distributed more than 20,000 ecological appliances since 2000. See Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil projects


See Calendar of events.

News and recent developmentsEdit

  • July 2015: Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil published a July 2015 newsletter which offers updates on its latest activities. Read the newsletter on their website - (English version).
Robert Chiron with baked bread

Robert Chiron

  • March 2015: Students at Lcycée Jaques de Vaucanson are studying the effectiveness of the BISS solar cooker, designed by Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil. They are reporting their progress on this blog.
  • September 2014: Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil reported the following data on their distribution of solar cookers, water heaters, heat retainer cookers, rocket stoves, and solar food dryers:
    • Bolvia: 6,378 solar cookers since 2000 and 30 water heaters since 2013.
    • Puno, Peru: 3,835 solar cookers since 2001.
    • Arequipa, Peru: 3,533 solar cookers since 2005.
    • Chile: 2,193 solar cookers since 2003, 883 heat retainer cookers since 2006, 1,007 rocket stoves since 2009, and 28 solar dryers in 2011.
    • Argentina: 473 solar cookers, 1,241 rocket stoves, and 62 heat retainer cookers between 2008 and 2012.
  • January 2014: Volunteers for Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil, Michel Perrin and Jacques Prévost, have recently finished a comparative test of ten various biomass stoves. It can be reviewed here: Tests D'E'Bullition D'eau
  • October 2011: Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil reports they have distributed more than 20,000 ecological appliances since 2000. From these 20,000, 14,000 are solar cookers, mainly distributed in the South American countries of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina, and 5,000 Rocket stoves distributed in the African countries of Benin, Chad, and Guinea as well as in the South American countries. Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil has also distributed fireless cookers, solar dryers and solar showers.
SHE HotPot in Gaga camp

One of the fifty women who received SHE training with a HotPot cooker in Chad.

  • August 2011 : The solar cookers project conducted by Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil in Bolivia has been registered by the Gold Standard. It is only the second project of solar cookers in the world registered by the Gold Standard.
  • May 2008: Grenelle de la cuisson solaire et écologique - Organisé par Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil en partenariat avec le CPIE Loire Océane du Pouliguen. Robert Chiron, le chef de cuisine, et son équipe de Bolivia Inti–Sud Soleil ont le plaisir de vous inviter à participer à ces deux journées festives et plus particulièrement à l’inauguration programmée le 8 mai à 12h00 dans le jardin jouxtant le CPIE Loire Océane au Pouliguen (France).
  • April 2006: Under the auspices of the French NGO Bolivia Inti, alternative energy experts David Whitfield and Ruth Whitfield introduced solar cooking to many villages in Bolivia between 2001 and 2003. After demonstrating solar cookers in public forums, they then trained those people expressing interest in how to make and use solar cookers. Research was conducted in the central highlands of Bolivia in 2005 to assess the continuing impacts of solar cooking on participants of these solar cooking courses conducted by the Whitfields. The researcher, Chris Pell of the University College London, interviewed 170 people with and without solar cookers to determine whether their use affected household fuel consumption. The data showed that 92.7% of the solar cooking course participants continue to use their solar cooker three to five years after the course ended. In fact, 62.4% of all participants use their solar cooker at least once a day during the dry season, demonstrating a lifestyle change that incorporates solar cooking into their daily lives. The solar cooker now supplements their other energy sources: gas, wood, or a combination of gas and wood.[1]

Audio and videoEdit

  • March 2014
Jeannette Chiron, Winner for France02:45

Jeannette Chiron, Winner for France

Jeannette Chiron is recognized for her work as founder of Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil

  • October 2007:
Stage de cuisson solaire a Retamo02:32

Stage de cuisson solaire a Retamo

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil
18 rue Gaëtan Rondeau
44200 Nantes

Tel: +33 02 51 86 04 04

Web: (English version)

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