Regina: Fuel efficient stoves save women and forests in Mkuranga
The Women for Africa Foundation of Spain with its Green Voices project is helping improve the lives of women in Mkuranga district through the introduction of the use of fuel efficient stoves that will help in reducing emissions, save women and forests. The project aims to provide access to affordable and clean energy efficient cook stoves to households in Mkuranga district in Magoza village.
According to the World Health Organization, 59 percent of all indoor air pollution related deaths are female.
There is also a strong risk to young children who spend a large proportion of their time close to their mother, breathing in smoke from cooking fires during their early developing years.
So these stoves are designed in such a way that they will serve the mothers from facing the health problems due to smoke.
Commenting on that, Regina Kamuli who is the beneficiary of the Green Voices Project, said it’s not just women using the stoves who benefit, but everybody else in village will and of course the whole of Mkuranga district.
Regina mentioned that after receiving the knowledge on how to curb climate change, she brought back the knowledge in Mukuranga and shared it with 2 0 other women.
“The 20 women have successfully completed the training and now are capable of making their own stoves and not only that but also they will transfer the knowledge to the other fellows in Mkuranga,” she said.
She added that the foundation provided them with the funds and they have started the project already.
“The objective of what we are doing is simply to provide access to affordable and sustainable energy services in the form of clean energy efficient cook stoves to households in their place and it is one of the clean development mechanisms,” she said.
The research shows that more than 80 percent of the population in Tanzania cooks with charcoal or firewood using inefficient cook stoves something that leads to severe deforestation in the region and negative health impacts due to indoor air pollution caused by the smoke.
With that at hand, Regina and the women she works with, promised to provide households with sustainable access to affordable and efficient cooking stoves.
Expert of fuel efficient stoves and the trainer, Roswadaa Kimaro noted that she taught the group members to manufacture the stoves by mixing grain husks, clay, and animal dung. The substance is mixed with water into a malleable paste and after a period maturing in a bucket is mixed, rolled out and moulded into the shape required to make the simple mud stoves.
“This kind of stove cuts down dramatically on the amount of firewood required to cook a meal and in compounds where the stoves are located indoors has the further benefit of producing much less smoke than the open cooking fire alternative,” she insisted
Added that,“In addition, the reduced consumption of firewood and charcoal will reduce pressure on the natural forests and thus reduce deforestation.”
On her part, the Motomoto Group Chairperson Fatuma Kosi, noted that they are happy to get something from the effort and are pleased to be able to pass on the knowledge to others.
“We have received training and support in a range of income generating activities and in time will mobilize as part of a local savings and register our group that will promote saving and dispense loans to support income generating activities for us members,” she noted.
Puttingthatintoconsideration, apart from fuel efficient stoves, Regina made a step ahead and added tree planting component to her project to ensure sustainable availability of fuel wood to sustain the efficient stoves.
Furthermore, the Mkuranga District Forest Officer Benedict Sekibaha, donated 500 seedlings to Green Voices for villagers to plant in their village of which few of them were planted by the District Commissioner.
In addition to that, the Mkuranga District Commissioner, Abdallah Kihato planted trees in front of the Village Government Office and at a village dispensary as a sign to officiate the Green Voices Project in Magoza village.
Commenting on the project, he advised the green voices group in Mkuranga to register the group officially to the district to keep themselves in a right position to be considered for funds that might be available at the district level.
Giving more details about the Green Voices Project, Sechelela Balisdya, the Project Coordinator in Tanzania said, it is about time that women uses the stoves since they are kinder to the environment and safer to use also will save them from spending much time to gather wood fuel for cooking.
“Women for Africa Foundation which is based in Madrid, Spain is making it possible for women to take chance in fighting climate change in Tanzania, and we are glad that people plus their leaders and the authorities are supporting the initiative as well as women who are responding positively to the project. The project is in more than six regions in Tanzania and hopefully the goals will be achieved, since it is evident to each and every one of us that climate change is a threat,” Balisidya insisted.
Regina Kamuli bene iciary of the Green Voices Project, demonstrating how to use fuel ef icient stoves.