Nafisa Khalil Ibrahim has lived in Otash IDP camp since March 2004 when she was displaced from her home village in the fighting that has consumed her native Darfur. Nafisa, who is 29 years old and from the Dajo tribe, lives with her husband, son and her parents in a small shelter in the Northern sector of Otash camp. Nafisa began participating in CHF's program in a women’s center set up in Otash camp in 2006 and purchased a metal fuel efficient stove at the women’s center in June 2007 after a meeting where a staff member explained the benefits of the stove.
This project, which is possible through the generous support of our donors, is dramatically decreasing the personal threat women living in the camps face when they must set out to forage for firewood. With a considerable saving of energy, the stoves models save women time and money, which they would otherwise spend on purchasing the wood.
With her new stove, Nafisa quickly saw the amount of firewood she required to cook for her family reduce by between a one half and two thirds. While she used to use two to three bundles of fire wood daily (paying approximately $.50 per bundle) she now uses just one or one and a half bundles per day. With the savings Nafisa says she is now able to diversify her family's diet and provide fruit and vegetables for her growing son.
When Coy met with Nafisa last week, she also proudly displayed her new chairs and bed sheets that she was able to purchase with her savings.
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