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A clean cooking stove to tackle deforestation?

In the communities of Chisinga in Malawi, Maria Mudzin helps to tackle deforestation with her clean cooking stove. How? She designed a stove that uses recycled fuel briquettes made from used wastepaper, sawdust, agricultural waste, groundnut shells, rice husks, and maize stalks.
Maria Mudzi, picture by Mongabay
Maria Mudzi, picture by Mongabay

In communities where people rely on wood and charcoal to power their homes and cook, this is revolutionary. Maria Mudzin’s stoves use 67% less wood when compared to traditional stoves. She is therefore helping to conserve key woodland for elephants, antelope, zebras, and other wildlife. But these briquettes not only save women hours spent collecting firewood in forests every week while risking attacks by wild animals, but the initiative also improved women’s respiratory health!

Recycled fuel briquettes, picture by Mongabay
Recycled fuel briquettes, picture by Mongabay

Since September 2022, Mudzi has been able to train over a hundred women in the Chisinga location to make and sell over 24,000 recycled fuel briquettes. And more than 500 households are now using it!
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  • Videlis Eddie

    47 w

    We should protect our Forest in all means.... such a good information

    • Ann Nyambura

      48 w

      simple and great innovation

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    • Komu Daniel

      48 w

      Amazing innovation

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      • Jane Wangui

        48 w

        How amazing we can use things that are considered waste like groundnutshells and waste paper to reduce emissions that occur when cooking.

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        • We Don't Have Time

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          • Christina Carlmark

            48 w

            A much needed solution.

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            • Joseph Githinji

              48 w

              This is a welcomed intervention towards reducing carbon emissions and a great way to save our forests.

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              • Patrik Lobergh

                48 w

                The simpler the solution is, the greater the innovation power behind is

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                • dickson mutai

                  48 w

                  @patrik_lobergh funny how this is mostly true

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                • Patrick Kiash

                  48 w

                  This information is really encouraging

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                  • Annett Michuki..

                    48 w

                    amazing

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                    • Jengaj John

                      48 w

                      Any invention based to fight climate change is welcomed.

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                      • Ajema Lydiah

                        48 w

                        Great invention

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                        • johnte ndeto

                          48 w

                          it's so encouraging to see such initiatives aimed at protecting our forests

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                          • mercy nduta

                            48 w

                            By all means we need to halt deforestation,Thanks to Maria Mudzin.

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                            • Elizabeth Gathigia

                              48 w

                              @mercy_nduta_984 I agree with you deforestation should be stopped

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