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Total loan: $475

Ithateng Group

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Kolberg, Thaba Tseka, Thaba-Tseka, Lesotho / Personal Use

Ithateng Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped 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.

Ithateng Group's story

Mosuoenyana is a 66-year-old father of four boys and a grandfather of 2 children, a 12 year old boy and a 9 year old girl. All his grandchildren go to school on weekdays. He lives with his 59-year-old unemployed wife who works in their fields to produce food and, together with her sons, care for their livestock. Their only means of income is by selling livestock and crops and the pension they currently receive.

Mosuoenyane lives in a 4 roomed, corrugated-iron roofed, house and a single stand alone traditional hut, both are cold and although well ventilated, they still do not warm up well in winter . His wife works long hours to ensure there is enough food for the family on a daily basis, and only gets help on Saturdays and Sundays from her children and grandchildren. She has to wake up very early, between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. during the week to start preparing the fire for cooking breakfast, heating water, and warming the house for herself, and then her day begins.

Collecting firewood, setting up the fire, and doing the actual cooking demands a lot of his wife's time. Temperatures in the Lesotho highlands are never really high, winters can get very cold, and often Mosuoenyane's wife 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 people like Mosuoenyane has been very difficult.

Mosuoenyane has requested a loan from Kiva lenders in order to be able to purchase a clean cookstove. These will provide him, and 4 other people from his village who are living in similar circumstances, the chance of cooking in a way that does not harm them and their families and that does not require a lot of fuel, 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 great lengths 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. This is 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 and house-burning, has given them the freedom to have a better-lit home to see better in the evening while cooking, and enables children to do their homework.

For stove info, please check www.africancleanenergy.com.