A satisfied customer in Copaltepe
Thanks to you, and donors like you, SosteNica has built more than 30 rural stoves around the municipality of Nagarote since the Ecological Cook Stove program began two years ago. Recently, we had our first warranty issue. Livida from Copaltepe received our very first demonstration stove two years back. Unfortunately, the test model had some problems that developed after construction. “The smoke was not exiting the chimney properly. It was returning through the firebox and coming into the house.” When Livida saw how well some of the newer models were working at her neighbors, she asked if SosteNica would upgrade her stove to the newest model.
Given that SosteNica’s commitment is to improve each family’s quality of life, we immediately responded to doña Livida’s request, tearing out the interior of her two year-old stove. At no charge, we built her a new stove with all the up-to-date improvements. “I am definitely satisfied and very happy. Today my stove works perfectly and I will tell anyone – these stoves really work! My husband now only brings wood home once or twice a month. Before he had to get wood every week.”
The best advertising for the program is word of mouth, and there is nothing better than a satisfied customer. Today, Livida and her family are reporting to everyone that the SosteNica Cookstove program is achieving its objectives – less smoke in the home, and less wood consumption. By consuming less wood, the family spends less time harvesting firewood, which means they have more time for farming and gardening. It also reduces the deforestation pressure on the local surroundings.
Another recent customer, Petronila lives in San Roque, a village roughly 18 kilometers from Nagarote. “I never imagined that it would be possible to cook without having to be exposed to such high temperatures. Plus, I love that my daughter does not have to carry so much heavy wood. And the smoke is no longer killing us. I am definitely very pleased!” Their new stove has completely changed her quality of life, and will probably prolong her life expectancy.
These are only two examples of how your donations are making lives better for rural women and their families in Nicaragua. Thank you!
Petronila from San Roque shows off her new stove