Halima came to the IDP camp three years ago with her husband and 6 children. She received a fuel-efficient stove in June 2007. The new stove model meant that she was able to reduce her expenses on fuel-wood by two-thirds. Her household savings immediately saw a dramatic increase. By the end of the third week, she could afford school uniforms and books for two of her children. By the second month she had enough capital to start a small business selling charcoal. Today, Halima's family is living a much healthier life--she can afford to feed them meat 3-4 times a week and can buy more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Halima says her best advice for women who have a stove is to save the money well, and use it to improve quality of life for their families.
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