Combustion cooking can be hard. Lighting the stove is a struggle and the smoke that comes from it could give an onlooker that it can suffocate someone. As such, open fire stove cooking has been reserved for outdoor cooking, making it an inconvenience for those that want to cook from within their houses.
However in a country like Uganda, open door cooking is a necessity. 90% of all the cooking is done through biomass methods. Sadly, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study of 2010 shows that 4 million premature deaths result from open fires and rudimentary cooking methods, like stoves.
This is exactly what Rehema Nakyazze had in mind as she started out with UgaStove- as a problem solver and made her win our Young Achievers Award for Environment in the year of 2011.
The project, feeding off a 2005 pilot under the name Urban Community Development Association of Kampala, Uganda (UCODEA), Ugastove has grown to establish itself as a supplier of various types of “Sigiri” (Local word for stove). These range from briquette and Rocket wood stoves to institutional and custom design stoves.
The ‘Ugastove-s’ are unique in the sense that they are designed to consume very few briquettes, while at the same time delivering results in about the same time as the ordinary stoves-and sometimes even quicker. In the same line, users get to spend less purchasing the briquettes. It takes them longer than with ordinary stoves.
Most importantly, the stoves are built to ensure less emissions from the combustion process. In so doing, the stove greatly reduces the threats to the lives of many families when cooking is done in doors.
Needless to say, the stoves are affordable, and through them, Rehema is creating plenty of employment for young people. Being a young person herself, she managed to come up with a great invention that saves many families from health risks and offers them varied economic gains as well as clean cooking, thus enabling them kill multiple birds, with just one stone.