Marta is a 30 year old woman from Matalane, a village in Marracuene, Mozambique. Marta is a mother of four small children and a leader in her community. She always thrives to do better and more for the people in her village. Marta, like many women in rural Mozambique, is responsible for daily meals; from breakfast to supper. Marta sometimes struggled to provide her family with the most important meal of the day because she could not afford to buy coal.
She was also raised in such a way that nature and its conservation are very important matters. However, she still obliged to go and find wood in the foresty to be able to cook the meals for her family, an action that is not always possible. 'I can now use this stove to cook meals for my children and boil water so that they can take a bath and go to school clean and fed every morning. I want my children to grow up playing outside, picking fruits from the trees just like I did. For this I know we cannot keep burning coal and wood as the forestries are getting further away from our homes. We can just use waste. This changed my; I am very happy'. Thanks to 'projecto fogao' Marta can now provide her family with all the necessary meals without causing damages to the environment.
Marta and her family were not the only ones to benefit from this project. Due to the strong sense of community is Matalane and Marta's strong sense of leadership the project was extended to 18 more families. Marta was very happy to explain to her community how to assemble and use the stove. Projecto fogao was also implemented in Zimpeto, Mantimane and Maputo city where more than twenty families have benefited.
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