Villages that have benefited from the project include Bosha Kwemtindi, Boza and Kuze whose villagers have received the stoves said it has been a great lifesaver for them because in addition to reducing the use of firewood, but also they helped the women to have time for other development activities instead of spending a lot of time looking for firewood.
Bosha Kwemtindi village chairman Ramadhani Shembiu said the cookstoves have become a source of income for villagers who have been trained to build them and many of them are hired to build them for people in nearby villages. .
“For three years now; I am using this cooker it has helped me a lot because in the past I used to go to the forest everyday to get firewood but now when I bring a load of firewood I can stay more than two weeks before I again in the forest,” said Mwanaisha Hashim, a villager from Bosha Kwemtindi.
The Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF) is the facilitator of the project as part of efforts to control the environmental destruction of the Nilo Nature Reserve which, in addition to being home to various tourist attractions including waterfalls and various species of birds, but also a great benefit to nearby residents who use its waters for domestic and irrigation purposes.
EAMCEF Northern Zone Projects Officer, Margrethe Victor, said that apart from the invented cookers which they aim to build for each household, the Fund has also empowered them to have alternative projects that do not require them to harvest existing resources from the forest.
According to her, the projects include beekeeping, fruit growing and training young people as tourist guides.
For his part, the head of tourism of the Nilo nature reserve, Wema Felix, said that the EAMCEF project contributed largely to the restoration of the natural vegetation of the 6,025 hectare reserve which was created by law. in 2007 under the authority of the Tanzania Forest Service Agency (TFA). .