Faculty Advisor

Traver, Robert W.


Many Qom families in Cerrito, Paraguay cook on unelevated stoves with open fires, resulting in issues such as burns and smoke inhalation. The project team worked to collaborate with Qom families in enabling them to choose an adequate stove model for their families. The team formed a working relationship with the Fundación Paraguaya, Arovia volunteers, and Qom community members. Interviews with Qom community members were conducted, a stove demonstration was held, and a cost analysis was done. With this information, a pamphlet of stove comparisons was created and distributed. Additionally, Arovia volunteers gained experience in addressing families who do not have an adequate cooking method. This project will be continued by the Fundación Paraguaya and Arovia volunteers.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies