Grant Amount: $45,000
Program Website: www.rippleafrica.org/usa/
Areas of Impact: Agriculture, Education, Health
Mission of Ripple Africa
The mission of RIPPLE Africa is to improve the standard of education and healthcare; preserve and sustainably develop the environment; and create opportunities for the local communities in the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi.
In Malawi, 95 percent of the population relies on wood or charcoal for cooking, and almost exclusively, those responsible for cooking and obtaining the wood for fuel are women. Cooking on inefficient traditional open fires daily has serious repercussions for women’s lives related to health, safety, economic circumstance, as well as the destruction of the natural environment on which millions of Malawian women depend. A fuel-efficient cook stove called the Changu Changu Moto provides a simple and culturally appropriate alternative to traditional cooking methods. A grant of $45,000 from Dining for Women will support the construction of 3,000 Changu Changu Moto stoves in the northern part of Nkhotakota, Malawi, directly benefitting 3,000 women and an estimated 4,500 girls.
RIPPLE Africa’s Changu Changu Moto project combats many of the issues resulting from daily use of a traditional open fire. This low-tech, 100 percent sustainable fuel-efficient cook stove model provides a 66 percent wood savings and produces less smoke, thus delivering positive outcomes for women in the areas of health, labor, safety, economic circumstance, and the natural environment.
Why We Love This Project
This is an interesting idea using locally sourced materials. Participants put in sweat equity, and manufacture the bricks and construct the stoves themselves. The stoves are well designed, safe and most importantly reduce the time woman and girls spend gathering firewood. Needing less firewood also reduces the risks women and girls expose themselves to as they walk lengthy distances for firewood. The reduction in smoke benefits the health of the entire family.