Total loan: $950

Pholohang Basotho Group

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Sekokoaneng, Qacha's Nek, , Lesotho / Personal Use

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A loan helped to pay for the ACE cook stove, which will improve her life in terms of health, cost of fuel, and time spent collecting firewood.

Pholohang Basotho Group's story

Nowezile is a 34-year-old mother of two children, although one passed away. She lives with her 13-year-old child, 16-year-old nephew, and 5-year-old niece; they are a family of four. She lives in a traditional hut that is not well ventilated, although it warms up well in the winter. Together with her nephew, she works long hours to ensure that there is enough food for her family, 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 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., during the week to start preparing a fire for cooking breakfast, heating water, and warming the house for all the children before they go to school. 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 Nowezile 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, death. In these circumstances, life for people like Nowezile is very difficult. Nowezile has requested a loan from Kiva lenders in order to be able to purchase clean cook stoves, which will provide her and nine other people from her village, who are living in similar circumstances, the chance to cook in a way that does not harm them and their families and that does not require expensive paraffin and gas, or a lot of wood, which is hard to find in Lesotho. This stove can be started with the use of very little readily-available biomass, like dry twigs and dry cow dung, that does not require a significant length of time to collect. It does not produce smoke while burning, thus making it safe to be used inside the home. 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. It is a life-improving package for these women. This stove saves them time so that they can be with their family, saves energy, eliminates toxic inhalation, and gives them a better-lit home which enables them to see in the evening while cooking and also enables children to do their homework. For more stove info, please check www.africancleanenergy.com.