A loan helped a member to pay for an ACE 1 clean cookstove which improves people's lives.

Lehlabela Group's story

Makhotsofalang is a 63-year-old widowed mother of seven and grandmother of seven children. They live in a hut that is divided into three rooms with six other family members. She sells crops and fruits on the streets to earn a living. They make very little money, and between sending their children to school and buying fuel that they need, such as paraffin and LPG, life is very difficult. She therefore has nothing to do but to try and save what little she manages to buy by using an open fire. Collecting firewood, setting up the fire and doing the actual cooking demands a lot of her time.

Makhotsofalang 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 the same circumstances, the opportunity to cook in a way that does not harm them and their families, nor use expensive paraffin and gas, and that does not require 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 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.

For more information on the ACE 1 clean cookstove please visit, www.africancleanenergy.com.

In this group: Makhotsofalang, Makhahliso, Malekhotla, Matlholohelo, Mabohlokoa, Makabelo, Maikaneng, Masechaba, Matafita, Mathato

This loan is special because:

It provides communities with energy saving cookstoves that also reduce pollution.

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