The Maasai Stoves & Solar Project in Kenya
With the aim of improved health and living conditions for thousands, our Project is now poised for significant growth. Since 2009, we’ve expanded to include 1,200 homes in eleven Tanzanian Maasai villages. Last year we were very pleased to welcome a Ugandan group into the Project, adding 400 stoves, and in 2014 we began work in Kenya.
Maasai across the Kenyan/Tanzanian border
A straight line going right through Maasai lands, the Kenya/Tanzania border should
not be a barrier for our work. With a grant for a 60-stove pilot project in Maasai settlements near the towns of Oltiasika, Lemasusu and Orbili in the Imbirikani region of Kenya, we have the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to thank for making the initial work in Kenya possible.
A year ago, women from Kenya traveled to Monduli to see homes with stoves. They were very impressed and they wanted the stoves in their homes. Men from Kenya, metalworkers, also visited our firebox factory in Tanzania.With funds from the African Wildlife Foundation Project, women from Tanzania traveled to Kenya early in 2014.
They launched the stove installation training of new teams of Kenyan women. Project Manager Kisioki Moitiko visited the new Kenyan sites bringing three of the men from Tanzania. Each of the men had sold livestock previously to purchase stoves and solar systems for their wives. The group spoke at the initial Kenyan village meetings to motivate more support from the men, and the work continues.
They have seen the difference. Maasai women of Kenya want the stoves to make their homes healthy, safe, and clean. We are hopeful that the AWF and the women and men of Imbirikani, Kenya, will find it practical to continue with stove distribution. The Project is prepared to supply fireboxes and share necessary skills and resources, as this work moves forward.