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Nature Feeds Our Families

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.”

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2:37PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

thank you for the article! i have a petition against Monsanto, please support by signing!

Aside from the fact that 91% of the population oppose genetically modified foods and all that the corporation Monsanto represents, The EU Bank is still to give Monsanto $40,000,000 of E.U. funds. This is a criminal act against the people! This Financial support would be better used on organic farming! We need to support small farms that will replenish the soil and use seeds that are not genetically modified . The future of our planet depends upon it! Monsanto does not need financial aid, it is a profit-making enterprise! Monsanto spent $7,100,500 defeating California's Prop 37, ONLY TO BE GRANTED PUBLIC FUNDS OF 40MILLION DOLLARS? "Monsanto would fail if it wasn't for government-sanctioned secrecy and 'too big to fail' bailouts!!! Now is the time to be angry! please sign and share the petition.

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2:25AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

It is inevitable that man and the nature are bounded together

4:20PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thanks.

1:22AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

thanks

8:21PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

thanks, good story.

6:58PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Good thanks

11:06AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

inspirational

10:51PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Props to The Nature Conservancy!

9:38PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

What a wonderful article. Thank you!

9:37AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

thanks.

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