Total loan: $950

Kopanang Sechaba Group

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Phelandaba,Butha Buthe, , Lesotho / Personal Use

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

Kopanang Sechaba Group's story

Malehlohonolo is a 42-year-old mother of 3 children aged between 0-21 years. Malehlohonolo lives in a separated traditional hut that is not well ventilated, nor warms up well in winter. She works long hours selling food in town to ensure there is enough food for her children, 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 4am and 5am, 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. 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 Malehlohonolo 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 Malehlohonolo has been very difficult. Malehlohonolo has requested a loan from Kiva lenders, in order to be able to purchase clean cook stoves which provide Malehlohonolo and 10 other people from her village, who are living in the 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 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 family, 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 enables children to do their homework. For stove information, please check www.africancleanenergy.com