¿Do you know how Maasai women are being empowered?
At present, the Maasai community is going through great difficulties, but there are organizations working hard to improve this situation.
And Maasai women are the main protagonists of the change
Main problems of the Maasai
Breathe unsafe air
Lack of electrical network
Lack of water
In Maasai households, they coexist with the problem that traditional stoves produce smoke that generates great breathing difficulties
In most homes there is no electricity network.
Maasai women have to collect 40 to 80 liters of water every day from rain-filled surface ponds
¿What are Maasai women doing?
Clean stoves that the women love
Over 4.500 clean burning and efficient stoves with chimneys have been installed to date and not one has been abandoned! They let the women cook how they want and need to cook. Teams of women are trained in each village to be the stove and chimney installers. Over 90% of the smoke is taken out of the homes. Having a stove in your home means instead of cooking over a bonfire in an enclosed space, it’s like having a hearth and chimney in a lounge or kitchen.
Having clean air is wonderful! Indoor air pollution is a killer. Every fifteen stoves mean a child’s life is saved and the number of chronically sick children is greatly reduced. Every stove installed stove saves a woman three tonnes of wood on her back a year!
And it means 12 hours a week that can be used for other things, like tending small holdings and growing food for the family.
A stove reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by 3.6 tonnes a year and there are local environmental benefits as three tonnes of wood are not being taken from the local area and burnt.
Solar-powered electrification of homes
ICSEE started by making small solar kits with bulbs and mobile phone chargers available to the Maasai, and now installs solar microgrids which enable all the homes of a Maasai settlement, a ‘boma’, to have a connected solution, drawing light and power from a communal solar panel, connected by buried cables.
Maasai women have to collect 40 to 80 liters of water every day from rain-filled surface ponds. These ponds are polluted with silt and dangerous bacteria.
The ICSEE found the way for these women to have safe water at those sources. Chlorination systems that are simple, but modeled after the systems that provide safe water all over the world are built with the villagers at the edge of these ponds using solar-powered pumps to fill sedimentation and chlorination tanks each day.
Four systems have been built so far and over 500 families are now enjoying a total of 20,000 liters a day of safe, clean water and its wonderful benefits.
It is clear that the breathing problems of the Masai is because of CO2 coming from their traditional stoves but...
¿do you really know how greenhouse gas emissions impact on people's health?
Climate change will cause about 60 thousand premature deaths in 2030
And will kill 260 thousand people in 2100
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