DROKPA is a non-profit dedicated to partnering with pastoral communities in the Himalaya and Central Asia. DROKPA has programs in alternative energy, community health, and social entrepreneurship. Our first solar project in 2001 delivered parabolic reflectors from the Centre for Rural Technology to Dolpo, west Nepal.
DROKPA tested a portable solar cooker made by a California firm named Soltac while we were in Dolpo. The CookSack portable solar cooker weighs only 11 ounces and can, in good conditions, boil water in an hour. The idea was to see if these portable cookers could be useful in Dolpo, perhaps for shepherds herding livestock or to warm water for washing. Locals were positive about the portable stoves, but agreed that they needed to be larger, to accommodate the large pots of water needed to make Tibetan tea, for example.