Four generations of a family cook on their fuel efficient cookstove in Malawi

Four generations

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Four generations of the same family benefit from this cookstove. Mary is 56 and not only looks after her 80-year-old mother Collis, but her six children and seven grandchildren.

Even with her eldest children moving out of the main home, they have built houses next door and all enjoy eating together but Mary has the help of her daughter Alinafe, 22, who does some of the cooking. It’s also not uncommon to see her three-year-old granddaughter Mary (named after her) around the kitchen too.

Speaking to the family, Collis explained that she was one of the ladies that was involved with Ripple Africa’s first cookstove project, the Ripple Rocket. She loves how the project evolved to the Changu Changu Moto fuel-efficient cookstove.

Mary said, “It cooks nisma really fast and we can make tea at the same time. It also saves wood which saves us time.”

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