Cookstoves promoted by Hestian are hand made using local materials, fostering local ingenuity and self-reliance.

Implementation is sub-contracted to locally owned businesses and social enterprises (many seeded by Hestian) resulting in skills diversification and job creation.

As of 2015, Hestian projects employ over 2,000 people (mostly women in rural areas) to manufacture and promote smoke reducing cookstoves in Africa.

These businesses are established and growing on a for-profit basis and projects are growing rapidly .

Expansion funding comes from CO2 credit sales to buyers from wealthy countries who offset their emissions.