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How Women Are Saving Trees and Saving Themselves

By Claire Kaufman, Environmental and Sustainability Program Manager

In one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world, women are changing their destiny. And YOU are helping make that happen.

Photo Credit: Tara Rice Photography

The tiny country of Malawi, Africa – about the size of Pennsylvania – is home to over 18 million people. The majority of families cook on open fires fueled by wood or charcoal, exposing parents and children to serious smoke-related illnesses, burns, and economic hardship, as well as the destruction of the natural environment.

Women in Malawi have found a solution: fuel-efficient cookstoves. RIPPLE Africa’s fuel-efficient cookstove, called the Changu Changu Moto, decreases the need for firewood by two-thirds, has numerous health benefits, and saves women and girls considerable time in wood collection.

Photo Credit: Tara Rice Photography

YOU have been instrumental in building 122 clean cookstoves for families in Malawi, Africa. Based on the average Malawian family size of five people, this has reached a total of about 610 people. Each stove saves about two bundles of wood per week, which means that over 12,600 bundles of wood do not come from the forest. Each cookstove saves 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide per year, equaling a total saving of 305 tons of CO2 not emitted. Additionally, because the amount of wood needed per week is only a third of that required by the traditional three-stone fire, women who use these stoves are saving up to 10 hours per week collecting firewood for cooking. In total, this is over 1,200 hours of time women were able to spend doing other things, like starting businesses, spending time with their children or furthering their education.

Photo Credit: RIPPLE Africa

So thank YOU for this incredible impact. With your continued support, anything is possible. Click here to learn more and donate.

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by Claire Kaufman, January 29, 2018