“When I used the three stone stove, there was a lot smoke that caused me respiratory disease.”
The fumes were harming the health of her and her children as well as contributing to the air pollution of her environment. Add to this the fact this stove was highly inefficient, requiring longer cooking times and much more firewood, and it was clear a solution was needed.
Vita provided Hundene and other local women with a fuel-efficient cookstove alternative that required less firewood and cooking time and drastically reduced indoor air pollution and risk of burns, eye disease and respiratory illness. The “Mirte” stove is a stove specifically designed for Ethiopian cuisine and is used by Hundene and other women to cook the famous ‘injera’ bread which is a local delicacy. Vita also introduced the “Tikikil” stove, which is a small apparatus used to boil coffee, tea and to cook wot (an Ethiopian stew). Between these two small stoves, both of which are highly efficient and safe, Hundene’s home life was suddenly transformed.
Using the traditional stove, Hundene used to need to collect seven bundles of wood for fuel each week. This has been more than halved by Vita’s intervention. Now, she consumes only three bundles. According to Hundene, this stove is miraculous! She lists its biggest benefits as, “reducing heat impact and skin injuries, increasing the quality of my cooking (particularly my injera!), reducing the smoke inside and deforestation. As you can see,” she says, “our environment is recovering.”