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Bundchen backs energy poverty campaign

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has teamed up with UK charity Practical Action to raise awareness of the impact of energy poverty.

According to Practical Action, in Sub Saharan Africa, on average, two in every three families live without electricity and around 3bn people cook on open fires inside their homes - filling them with toxic smoke - resulting in the death of close to 2m people a year.

To mark the UN’s Year of Sustainable Energy for All, Bundchen, travelled to Kenya and experienced the realities of energy poverty first hand, taking part in a dawn firewood collection with women in Kisumu, Western Kenya, who still cook on traditional fires that fill homes with toxic smoke.

Practical Action is working to install improved cookstoves and smoke hoods which remove up to 80per cent of the toxic smoke inside homes.

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