Inspiring local communities to become the solution

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN AFRICA

Ripple Africa is working with, and changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Malawians mainly through our Environment projects but also our Education and Healthcare projects too.

The aim of Ripple Africa has always been to inspire local communities to become the change and the solution to the problem, and we’d like to introduce you to some of the incredible people who have embraced the change and are benefiting from the projects.

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“I have a large family to support and not just one household. I have two wives and eight children. Despite the challenges this brings, my fellow fishermen and I have achieved a lot because of this project.

I have been fishing for 22 years and have seen the decline in fish stocks in recent years. This is why I turned to using mosquito nets. Back in 2017 I was only making approximately 60,000MK (£65/$85) per month but we are now protecting the fish breeding area so the fish breed and grow. They then swim back in to the Lake so I am catching bigger fish and making an average of 350,000MK (£375/$475) a month.

I now use a 4½ inch net to catch large Chambo fish. I have caught and sold enough big fish to start building a brick house for one of my wives. This year I plan to have saved enough to build the second one. We currently live in reed-built houses.

Each week we are saving money in the village bank and we have paid to have bricks moulded, set up a rice and maize farming business, and paid secondary school fees for three of my children.

Life is so much better. The money I earn from fishing is split with my wives Maria and Janet who run the household budgets, and I manage the rest.”

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN AFRICA

Kettie Mkhaza is 68 years old and is regarded as one of the village elders. She loves her Changu Changu Moto cookstove as it uses less wood and produces less smoke. She said, “Look at my age. I am living longer because there is oxygen in the air as we are preserving the forests. Our cookstoves are saving wood and saving lives.”
She cooks for her husband and seven grandchildren. She believes lives are saved because epilepsy is common in Malawi and she knows of neighbours who have had seizures and fallen in to a traditional three stone fires.

Because the Changu Changu Moto fuel-efficient cookstove contains the flames, there is substantially less risk.
Kettie has had her Changu Changu Moto for five years. Having to only collect mud from behind her house to maintain it, she loves it. She said, “It is so easy to build. There is nothing I don’t like. It cooks faster, there is less smoke and it is safer for my grandchildren.”

It is all about empowering communities in Africa. Click on Kettie’s photo to read about the Changu Changu Moto Fuel-efficient Cookstove project.