Peter Scott noticed an issue back in 2010. During his trip around the sub-Sahara Desert area in Africa, he observed that often in the thousands of remote villages, in order for the women to be able to cook food for their families they would need to walk miles to find suitable wood. When they burned this wood back in the villages, the smoke would often get into the lungs of the children and women around. Scott found a need and created BURN Stoves, cooking stoves that required 50% less wood to produce the needed amount of heat for cooking. In doing so, they were able to greatly reduce the amount of smoke released and cut the time for the women to gather the wood.
As a side note, the Scott also made the decision to sell the stoves to the African people. While this may seem money-hungry, they did it for a purpose. If the African people invested in the product, then they would take better care of it, repair it when needed, and put more stock into it lasting, thus extending the life span of it. It also stimulates the economy of these countries as the stoves themselves are made in the same countries.
Due to the fact that this stove also helps the environment, BURN Stoves have also received grants from the government as well as investments from large corporations looking to show that they are taking moves to themselves help the environment.