Total loan: $600

Lerato Group

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Ha Abel, Setleketseng, , Lesotho / Personal Use

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A loan helped to be able to pay for the ACE cookstove, which will improve her life in terms of health, cost of fuel and the time she spends collecting firewood.

Lerato Group's story

Mamatheko is a 56-year-old mother of three deceased children. She now takes care of her five young grandchildren, aged between 15 years and 9 months, who have all lost both their parents.

Mamatheko lives in a traditional hut that is not well-ventilated, nor warm up well in winter. She works long hours to ensure there is enough food for her grandchildren, some of whom are going to school and only help her in the field on Saturdays and Sundays.

She has to wake up very early, between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., during the week to start preparing the fire for cooking breakfast, heating water and warming the house for all the children before they go to school. This has caused her to have terrible pains in her kneecaps, thus making it hard for her. Collecting firewood, setting up the fire and doing the actual cooking demands a lot of her time.

Temperatures in the Lesotho highlands are never really high; winters can get very cold, and often, Mamatheko has to start the fire inside her hut. Starting a fire releases smog and smoke, which when inhaled in large quantities over a period of time can lead to lung diseases, eye problems, and in the worst case, to death.

In these circumstances, life for women like Mamatheko has been very difficult. Mamatheko has requested a loan from Kiva lenders in order to be able to purchase clean cookstoves which will provide Mamatheko and six other people from her village, who are living in the same circumstances, the chance of cooking in a way that does not harm them and their families, and that does not require a lot of wood, which is hard to find in Lesotho, nor expensive paraffin and gas. This stove can be started with the use of very little, readily available biomass like dry twigs and dry cow dung that do not require lengths of time to collect. It does not produce smoke while burning, thus making it safe to be used inside the homes.

This stove comes with a solar panel for charging the battery which runs the fan in the stove, a USB port for charging phones and a mini LED lamp. A life-improving package for these people, this stove saves them time to be with their families, saves energy, eliminates the element of toxic inhalation, house burning and has given them the freedom to have a better lit home to see better in the evening while cooking and while the children to do their homework.

For stove info please check www.africancleanenergy.com.