Aselefech Abebe cooking on her energy-efficient cook stove
With the support of Irish Aid, Aselefech is now the proud owner of two types of efficient cook stoves, one for boiling and one for cooking injera, the Ethiopian staple flatbread. These stoves are thanks to a Vita programme to empower rural communities with access to energy-efficient cook stoves.
Aselefech’s family use about 50% less firewood now – her new stoves often only need twigs to power them.
This helps to protect nearby forests, which had been getting smaller and smaller as people had no option but to cut down trees to use as firewood.
According to Aselefech, her new improved cook stoves have freed up a lot of her time. The new cook-stoves also mean that her children are attending school regularly and have more time for homework, as there is less need for them to collect firewood.
Aselefech says her kitchen is much less smoky now too!
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