We expanded The Improved Cookstove Project to neighbouring country Uganda.Our destination was Social Innovation Academy (SINA) which is situated in Mpigi District.We camped in Uganda from 19th June to 26th June 2017.
40 artisans were empowered with skills on how to construct improved cookstove so as to generate income from the venture as well as reduce indoor air pollution and deforestation.A third of the participants were women.The training attracted participants from Nakivale Refugee Camp and the nationalities trained were from Uganda,Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo.
After the training,the participants will go back to their respective countries to go and train other trainers.The artisans also formed the pilot association “Improved Cookstove Association of Uganda” where the participants will receive additional entrepreneurial training.We work closely with GIZ Energy Development Programme Kenya.Monitoring and Evaluation will continually be provided.The artisans will charge clients labor fee of between USD 30-USD 50 per Cookstove which is exclusive of construction materials.The amount will also depend on the price the Association will deem fit.
The Improved Cookstove Project has been implemented in two counties in Kenya namely Taita Taveta County and Machakos Counties which has seen 82 jobs created in the two counties and more than 2000 jikos constructed so far.
With our expanded reach to Uganda,we have now created 122 jobs in Uganda and Kenya respectively.We look forward to scaling up to other countries in Africa and impacting positively youth,women and men.
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Violet Mbiti is the Founder of Youth County Projects Kenya (Blog),Vijana Network International Limited and Violet Mbiti Foundation.Through our brand Youth County Projects Kenya we empower youth in the 47 counties socially,economically and politically towards achieving Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals by initiating projects at the grassroots.We have youth groups at various counties as well as coordinators in the various counties.We have created 122 jobs for youth in Uganda and Kenya respectively through our Social Enterprise “Improved Cookstoves Project” which seeks to reduce deforestation,unemployment and indoor air pollution.In Kenya,we empowered youth with skills on how to construct improved cookstoves in Taita Taveta County and Machakos County respectively.In Taita Taveta 40 youth were trained as Trainers of Trainers and in Machakos 42 were trained.This was made possible through financial support from Taita Taveta County Government and GIZ En Dev Programme.
We are scaling up to other counties.In June 2017, we were in Uganda courtesy of Social Innovation Academy where we created jobs for 40 youth from Uganda,Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo..Some of the participants were from Nakivale refugee camp.
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