Juliana de Paz is 49 years old and has 11 children, eight are still living. She has been cooking over a traditional since she was a seven years old. “When I first started cooking, I cooked over rocks in the ground. I started using this type of traditional stove when I was fifteen.” Juliana said that when she cooks over this traditional stove there is a lot of smoke. “I started having these symptoms when I was 35 years old.” She currently suffers from coughs, headaches and flu-like symptoms.
As part of Colorado State University on Household Air Pollution, HAP, Juliana received a new stove a few weeks after our interview in March of 2017. Juliana with her daughters Fatima, age 14 (L) and Maria Mercedes, age 13, (R).