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Light Years Ahead Stove and Solar Street Light Project in Uganda

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

Light Years Ahead Stove and Solar Street Light Project in Uganda

Categories

Technology field of reference: Cooking, Lighting

Relevant sectors: Nutrition, Food Security, Environment, Early Recovery & Livelihoods

Population type: Refugee , Other

Category of funders: Not Available


Project Description

The Government of Japan donated 1,200 Save80 cookstoves and 54 solar street lights to UNHCR Uganda. Save80 stoves were distributed in Nakivale camp, and solar street lights were installed in both Nakivale Camp ID 80 and in Oruchinga Camp ID 103 in Isingro, Uganda. Stoves were distributed almost equally among the three zones of Nakivale. Distribution was done in two phases; first for Trainers of Trainers (August 2012) and then to the wider refugee population. The project trained 28 refugees in stove assembly, which took 45 minutes to one hour for each stove. The immediate objective was to increase access to energy for cooking. The long-term objective was to reduce deforestation through decreased pressure on the already scarce trees. The project successes are evident in the stories from these three families: Siyama :A Congolese woman with a family size of eight in Kakoma village, Juru zone, which received stoves in August 2012. Her family originally spent USD 0.8/day on firewood but now spends the same in a week. Her family used savings made from firewood to buy three ducks each at USD 6, chair cushions(pillows) worth USD 28. Her children no longer miss school in the name of collecting firewood, they drink boiled water since boiling now needs less firewood, and they use less water to boil dry beans. Kabeera: A Congolese woman with a family size of nine living in Rubondo village, which received stoves in August 2012. Her family originally spent USD 8/week on firewood but now spends USD 0.6, which saves USD 7.4. She put these savings into her agri-produce business, and bought a goat at USD 32. With the wonder box, her children no longer eat cold food in the morning. She has trained 53 neighbors on the use of the stove. Jeane: A man with a family size of seven living in Rubondo village, which received stoves in August 2012. His children no longer eat cold food, his wife now spends less time cooking, and his wife has more time to devote to her tailoring business.

Location

Starting and ending date

From 01/01/2012 to 01/01/2013

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

4332 households with seven family members or more, and who are deprived but also motivated and active.

Names of implementing partners

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Government of Japan

Funding sources

N/A