ONIL Stove

HELPS International

The ONIL is a semi-portable plancha-type cookstove that has concentric removable rings to also heat pots directly.

Product description Brand name and product description

The ONIL is a plancha-type cookstove developed by HELPS International with help from Dallas engineer Don O’Neil. The stove has a chimney, rocket elbow combustion chamber and an iron plancha that features concentric removable rings to heat pots directly.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)
Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

HELPS International, Shell Foundation and Fundación Solar.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The retail price of the ONIL stove is $125 USD. However, only 5% of the stoves marketed are purchased directly by customers. The mayority of the ONIL stoves are given for free or with just a small contribution by the beneficiary. NGOs, foundations, governments or businesses with social responsability hold 85% of ONIL stoves market sales. The remaining 10% are purchased through micro-credits granted by Banrural. Customers interested in obtaining a stove only need to open an account that costs $13 USD, and have their identification card (DPI), and the NIT (fiscal identity number). Additionally, HELPS International seeks carbon-credit funds via CDM for its sales in Guatemala and Mexico.


Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Plancha-type cookstoves such as the EcoZoom Plancha. Almost 5 competitive cookstoves can be found in the Clean Cooking Catalog, and more than 20 stove models are available in Central America.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Families and schools located in rural and indigenous communities.

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