Maasai Stoves & Solar Project

We Maasai women aren’t waiting!
Partnering with the International Collaborative, we are working hard for a better life now. Welcome to our Maasai Stoves & Solar Project.

Helping the people organize to reach for a better life

Empowerment is at the core of every aspect of the work of the International Collaborative.

Perhaps you are already aware of the danger of smoke in the homes of pastoral people in the developing world, caused by indoor cooking with open fires. This is a profound international health issue that affects millions. In response, the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project designs and installs clean-burning and efficient wood-burning stoves and solar panel-based electrical systems in the homes of the people. It also enables the installation of settlement-wide solar panel-based micro-grid electrical systems.

The International Collaborative for Science, Education, and the Environment

Since 2009 the International Collaborative (ICSEE) has focused on the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project.

The work also includes exploration of new livestock practices at the Project’s Manyara feedlot, in response to increasing drought. Safe water is a key focus, through economical, reliable programs. And the Cypress Hill Institute is the International Collaborative’s research and training center, home to experimentation, learning, and community-wide participation.

Women Organizing

We Maasai women aren’t waiting! Partnering with the International Collaborative, we are working hard for a better life now.


Nothing helps lift a community from poverty like having electric light at night. Can there be light so far off the national grid?  Yes!


Can our stoves save lives? Absolutely! Indoor smoke is a profound international health issue that affects millions in the developing world.

Safe Water

35 children out of 1000 die before the age of five from waterborne disease. We’re working on bringing clean water to the people.


Maasai  traditional herding practices are world-famous, but are no longer succeeding in the face of environmental and social changes.

Community Center

Explore the Community Center on our Cypress Hill Campus for learning, training, exploration, workshops, community events, recreation, and as a gathering place for all.

Surprising Opportunities

Here is a snapshot of what International Development looks like in the here and now for the International Collaborative. Perhaps in the future, it will evolve to become quite different, but in the present, people are working together and creatively adapting to make life better. And surprising opportunities emerge. We

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