International Day of Rural Women: How Energy Efficient Stoves are Helping Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Today is International Day of Rural Women and we are going to share the story of two women.

Mrs Awa Furaha
I am Mrs Awa Furaha, a farmer and married to Mr Lofolofo. I am a mother of 7 children from Mungele in Batikamwanga group. I have benefited from an energy efficient stove for a year and a half already and I am proud of it, because it has improved the plight of us as rural women.

Since using this type of stove, I am no longer a victim of troubles of the eyes caused by heavy smoke. Also the reduced wood consumption, it relieves the pain of carrying baskets of wood every day (I now have enough rest), it facilitates a quick good cooking, but also I ensure its maintenance every 2 to 4 weeks by putting a protective layer to maintain the longevity of the stove.

Currently I consume up to 6 baskets of wood per month instead of 13 baskets per month when I was cooking on the kitchen with three stones (traditional stove). This type of stove is a relief for us rural women.

Mrs Pichaka
With the use of the new technology of energy efficient stoves, we have a healthy, fast and smoke-free cooking, and a considerable saving of wood and soap. The new technology of energy efficient stoves allows the reduction of house fires and greenhouse gas emissions, cooking this with all cleanliness and a lot of hygiene.

No more inhalation or permanent exposure to smoke and heat, heavy cooking during the rainy season outside without a shelter, regular cutting and supply of wood, wasteful purchase of wood is why women’s desire to have an energy efficient stove has increased.

We have partnered with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) on this project. Protecting 260,000 hectares of tropical forest that is also home to the endemic Grauer Gorilla. The project is working to create two community-led reserves that will protect the habitat of the gorillas; the surrounding human population and the massive biodiversity found of the area.   

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