Grace Kathini Kavilu, a 32-year-old mother of two, explains how the cookstove works during an Aug. 26, 2019 interview at her home near Kitui, Kenya. About three years ago, she discarded the three traditional cooking stones and constructed the latest stove with the help of Caritas Kitui, the humanitarian wing of the Kitui Catholic diocese. (Credit: CNS photo/Fredrick Nzwili.)
Church-backed program in Kenya provides energy-saving cookstoves
KITUI, Kenya – As Grace Kathini Kavilu pushes a few dry twigs into her cookstove, she recalls the forest that once covered her area, but has since disappeared.
This day, the 32-year-old mother of two has picked the twigs falling freely from mango trees, now a main feature in her area. The resident of Kitui County, a semi-arid region in eastern Kenya, only needs a few of the sticks to light her new energy-saving cookstove.
About three years ago, she had discarded the traditional three cooking stones and constructed the latest stove with the help of Caritas Kitui, the humanitarian wing of the Diocese of Kitui.READ MORE