This project will distribute 2,000 clean cookstoves to rural women in Eastern Province who are at risk of COVID-19 due to the continual use of firewood which emits a lot of smoke and weakens their respiratory system. The microproject will improve livelihoods, protect the environment, preserve health, create jobs, and empower women during the COVID-19
Each day across the world, 3 billion people cook their meals using Biomass Fuel. 80% of households in Zambia still cooks on Biomass Fuel. This means 2 in every 3 households in Zambia are using Biomass fuel. People exposed to air pollution are more likely to die from COVID-19 than people living in areas with cleaner air. Not only does cooking with polluting fuels and technologies increase people's vulnerability to COVID-19, but the harmful smoke a cause of 4 Million premature death globally.
Kukula Solar will distribute 2000 fuel-efficient, smoke-reducing stoves. The stoves cut down on fuel consumption by up to 60% and smoke emissions by up to 70% without causing any change in cooking habits. The clean cookstoves are designed to burn firewood, dried animal dung, agro waste, etc. that are freely available to rural households.
The long term impact of this project for women and girls is better health through drastically reduced emissions, financial gains via fuel savings, convenience on account on time savings + easy cooking, and most importantly the joy of owning a product that serves you, women and girls, well.