Tumpaly is 16 years old and has just finished Form 3 at secondary school. We met her recently whilst visiting fuel-efficient cookstoves in her village.
Although she is fortunate to be able to go to secondary school, life hasn’t been easy for her and her siblings. The youngest of three, Tumpaly and her sister Luce and brother Dalitso have had to fend for themselves for the past six years. Their parents went to find work in South Africa and left, at the time, a 10, 11 and 14 year old behind.
They are lucky in some ways as their parents send her money to pay her school fees but the three siblings have had to work hard not only at school but at home too.
They have set up their farm which includes cassava, maize, beans, groundnuts and tomatoes to ensure they have food to eat – all of which is cooked on one of our Changu Changu Moto fuel-efficient cookstoves.
Tumpaly said, “We all like the Changu Changu Moto as we don’t have to spend much time collecting firewood which for me, gives me time to study.”
Tumpaly will sit her end of secondary examinations next year.