Regina: Fuel ef­fi­cient stoves save women and forests in Mku­ranga

The African - - AGRIBUSINESS -

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.

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