Better Health, Better Living
Idamane’s kitchen is a modest 10′ by 10′ wooden structure. There is no running water and no electricity. Piles of wood sit at the ready. Cooking over an open flame would quickly fill the dark, enclosed area with debilitating amounts of smoke.
“Before I had the new ovens, I fell down and hit my head,” Idamane says. “The doctor told me not to use wood because the fumes would hurt my eyes and give me headaches when I cooked.”
Idamane began saving up for a cast oven — money that could be used for basic necessities for her family. Luckily, she soon received the combined cooking system through the pilot project and her health issues went away.
A Community Need
However, having the ovens has created a different sort of problem for Idamane and the other women in the pilot project: everyone wants one.
“Having the ovens has become a dilemma because every time other people in the community see our ovens, they want to have one too,” Idamane says. “Some people have even offered me money to buy it, but I would never do that.”
Idamane has seen how the combined cooking system is saving her family money, protecting the area’s natural resources and safeguarding her health. But 30 ovens for a community of 3,000 are simply not enough.
“What I would like to see for this project is for it to spread to many more families,” Idamane says. “There are about 30 families using the oven, but there are about 250 more families who want to have one.”