Due to a variety of factors, many women are left widowed. This group of women welcomed us into their home, and giggled and hugged one another as they watched our team build an improved stove for them.
This is the area where we work in Uganda. It is a very poor district where husbands aren't the only thing in scarce supply for women--water and education also top the list.
A typical Ugandan kitchen. Throughout our time in Uganda, we've watched many of these structures collapse from a slight storm. We've helped care for children who have been burnt from the open flame and women who have lifetime eye and respiratory problems.
Another widow sits beside her "3 stone fire" warming tea for her guests.
Kenyan cooperatives John Gatanga (left) and Reuben Ndwiga (right) prepare local bricks for use in a rocket stove. This stove will reduce the amount of firewood needed, the amount of smoke emitted, and the amount of time required to cook. Gatanga, Ndwiga, and Simon Njeru came up with this stove prototype in Kenya, and have duplicated it over 500 times.
This a completed rocket stove. Other designs can allow for more than one pot to be over the flame. This is a much safer cooking option that is fully duplicable by our neighbors in the area. Using only local materials, this is a basic adaptation that can prevent so many health problems.