Improved Cookstoves Project in Machakos County

Violet Mbiti from Wamunyu on Time Community Based Organisation (CBO) initiated the project.The members of Wamunyu on Time Community Based Organisation (CBO) are clustered into 23 groups based on sub-locations and activities.The CBO works in Wamunyu Ward,Mwala Constituency,Machakos County.

Need:The idea emanated after witnessing the harmful effects firewood smoke had on women while cooking, the deforestation taking place in Wamunyu Ward and lack of economic opportunities in the area especially for youth.Violet therefore apprached German International Cooperation (GIZ) who agreed to fund the project.Wamunyu on Time partnered with GIZ –EnDev Programme and have trained 42 members
on construction of energy saving stoves. These stoves reduce the use of firewood by a
household, while also decreasing Indoor Air Pollution – a leading cause of mortality for
children under 3 years. Each installation costs Ksh 5000 inclusive of construction materials.

Number of Artisans selected for training: 42

Start of Implementation: 31st March 2014

42 youth, women and men were imparted with skills and constructed 119 cook stoves within a week in Wamunyu Ward. Currently more than 600 improved cook stoves have been constructed at various households in Wamunyu ward and all over Machakos County.

Impact:The 42 artisans now have a source of income and they are enabling women cook in a healthy environment and deforestation has drastically reduced.

Networking:The 42 artisans are also members of the Improved Stoves Association of Kenya-Machakos County

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3 replies on “Improved Cookstoves Project in Machakos County”

County Government should support this project under its energy programmes – improved stoves reduce harmful smoke-impacting on health, environment degradation, creating jobs and is sustainable


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