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Bugesera: Improved cooking stoves credited for protecting environment

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CO2balance stove is manufactured locally in Rwanda, and believed to protect the environment by reducing on firewood usage by 70 per cent

CO2balance stove is manufactured locally in Rwanda, and believed to protect the environment by reducing on firewood usage by 70 per cent

Over 4000 residents in Mareba and Ruhuha sectors of Bugesera district are receiving ‘Gabanyibicanwa’ meaning “reduce the fuel used for cooking” to save wood by approximately 70% when compared to the traditional three-stone fire used by the majority of families.

Improved cooking stoves help to reduce the pressure placed on local forests by reducing the amount of firewood fuel consumed during cooking. Additionally, the money a family spends on wood is reduced considerably.

This translates into money being available to be spent on food, education and medical care.

“Cooking stove will save me a lot because a meal for 11 people consumes a lot of firewood. I buy firewood at Rwf800 but it works for three days,” said Dorothee Mukamudenge, a resident.

“Improved cooking stoves will reduce on the amount of firewood consumed during cooking. This reduces on tree cutting as well,” said Magellan Sebatware, executive secretary of Mareba sector.

“Improved cooking stoves are efficient and save time. All the heat remains inside making food to cook quickly,” said Jean Baptiste Nsabimana, Director at FAPDER, a project in charge of distributing improved cooking stoves in Bugesera district.

Gabanyibicanwa stoves are made of clay and metal and each weighs 22 kilograms.

Though the stoves cost Rwf25, 000, residents purchase them at Rwf2, 700 under the funding of CO2 balance project that aims at fighting smoke pollution.

Co2balance distributes the energy efficient stoves to Rwandese households that in the absence of the project would cook primarily using traditional inefficient stoves.

Over 1,800 families have now received an improved cook stove since the project implementation began.

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