The project that envisages the distribution of efficient stoves for domestic use for around 20,000 families in the Oromia region, in southern Ethiopia, was developed in collaboration with COOPI, an Italian NGO that operates in contexts characterized by extreme poverty and socio-political fragility or environmental through an approach that links intervention in emergency situations with rehabilitation and community development, in collaboration with Carbonsink.
The first distribution, of about 4,400 stoves in the Guji area, began at the end of 2019 and every year thanks to the project, on average, more than 4,000 will be distributed to the families of the communities of the districts. Most of the population in the area still cooks today with traditional stoves that consume large quantities of firewood; this means that a lot of time and economic resources are also needed to be used for procurement.
In addition, traditional cooking methods also produce a lot of smoke which exposes local families to frequent respiratory diseases, in particular women and girls who are responsible for cooking activities, but also in young children and other people (for example the elderly) who spend a lot time by the fire.
The benefits deriving from the project are environmental, economic and social; in particular as regards the environment, efficient stoves reduce the consumption of coal or other fuels for cooking, with a consequent reduction in CO2 emissions and a concrete contribution to the mitigation of climate change by safeguarding biodiversity.