Every month Chikumbuso reaches out to 18 courageous women who have taken on the responsibility of caring for their grandchildren after their own children have died. In an effort to lighten their load grandmothers are visited by a caregiver each month and given a 25kg bag of mealiemeal, oil, candles, soap, salt, and charcoal. Each grandmother has also been provided with a fuel-efficient rocket stove.
By receiving supplies monthly from Chikumbuso, these women who are no longer able to work, will be able to continue to provide for themselves as well as their grandchildren. Using the new stoves will also cut down on the amount of smoke in their houses, and cut down on the amount of time it takes for them to make their daily meal. A bonus is that the stoves are environmentally friendly and approved by the Zambian National Forest Agency, so they will assist in preserving Lusaka's natural beauty.
Receiving supplies on a regular basis will relieve a significant amount of stress in the lives of these older women. The stoves will also lessen their workload because they are able to cook with just a handful of kindling that can be found around the compound.