Bakoko is one of the women who has learnt to build her own energy saving stove. She would walk 4kms, spending 2-3 hours to fetch firewood from the bushes three times in a week to avoid spending Ugx.5,000 to buy firewood that barely cooked food for a day. “In a day I could use a bunch of firewood worth 5,000. This was tiresome because after spending hours fetching firewood I would go for water and do other house chores too”, she explained.
After receiving training, Bakoko is now using a medium size improved cook stove that can serve the twenty people in her extended household. “Currently I fetch firewood once in a week because I use the stove you taught us to construct and my kitchen”.
The stoves not only reduce the amount of firewood needed, they also reduce the unhealthy smokey open fires traditionally used. This improves women and girls’ health, who are responsible for household chores in most rural Ugandan households.