A Cook Stove Cooperative Changes Ejigayehu’s Life
This kind of cooking produced many problems for both Ejigayehu and her family. The smoke from the stove gave her respiratory problems, she often burnt herself – with her children also at risk – from the open flame, and its inefficiency meant Ejigayehu needed to buy, or walk and collect, up to seven bundles of firewood per week. This was resulting in deforestation in Ejigayehu’s area as well as taking up too much of her time as cooking was slow and firewood collection became a longer and longer task.
In 2019, Ejigayehu became one of twelve women to join Vita’s fuel-efficient cook stove cooperative. Vita has developed improved stoves that have an enclosed flame that make them significantly safer and more fuel-efficient, reducing firewood consumption by 50%. Ejigayehu now only needs three bundles of firewood per week, the smoke in her home has drastically reduced alongside the risk of burns and heat. She even says the quality of Ethiopia’s famous bread, ‘injera’, has improved!
However, while you can read about these stoves are transforming women’s lives here, the true impact for Ejigayehu has been becoming a member of Vita’s Woyra Shara Women Fuel-Efficient Cook Stove Producer Cooperative.