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Kiima Foods distributes cook stoves and artisan kits to three communities in Rubirizi district

On November 2, 2021, Muhindo Edith and Asiimwe Elias of Kiima Foods’ Natural Resources Department handed over a total of 71 clean cook stoves and five tool kits to recently established artisan groups in Akitooma, Abaryakamwe, and Mugogo villages in Rubirizi District.

These artisan groups are the result of formal and well-structured formation of youth from several communities in Rubirizi District under the guidance of Kiima Foods.

Group members have already successfully completed a training program offered by Kiima Foods to build clean cook stoves and promote their daily use. With the tool kits provided, the young people can now begin constructing, promoting and selling the cook stoves in their home communities independently, but under the guidance of Kiima Foods.

The recently established artisan groups are:

  • Katara Artisan Group in Aktiooma village,
  • Abaryakamwe Famers Artisan Group in Nyakasaru village,
  • Mutsungu Foundation Artisan Group in Mugogo village,
  • Bunyangabu Artisan group in Mabale village,
  • Bundibugyo Artisan Group in Bukonzo county, and
  • Kasese Artisan Group in Rusese village in Mpondwe town council.

Cooking on an open fire using the traditional three-stone technique consumes a lot of wood, leading to intensive deforestation. The clean cook stoves distributed by Kiima Foods use less wood and charcoal, and produce less harmful gases and smoke than traditional cookstoves. This makes them a sustainable and clean cooking alternative for the Ugandan people.

The project is funded by Ørsted A/S (“Ørsted“) through World Wide Fund for Nature – Denmark (“WWF Denmark“). WWF Denmark is the Danish group of the World Wild Fund for Nature (“WWF“).

WWF is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to preserve the earth’s biodiversity, use natural resources sustainably, and curb pollution and harmful consumption. Together with these two strong partners, Kiima Foods has already been able to distribute 500 cook stoves and 15 artisan kits to local communities in the Rwenzori Mountains, bringing the three partner organizations closer to their shared global goals at the local level.

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