How Innovation Spreads

by Community Forests International on October 9, 2013

An idea becomes reality.

As that idea passes from village to village it is adapted to meet the unique needs of the place. Community Forests International and their community partners realized that the way Pembans cooked, on an open flame set between three stones, was incredibly hard on both the environment and human health. One day, a woman named Salma came to the organization’s office and told of a simple clay stove she’d been making and enquired if it might be something that CFI wanted to share. After testing out the design, CFI invited 20 women from rural villages to come and receive cook stove training from Salma. These 20 women returned to their homes and have since taught another 120 women. Collectively they have built over 600 stoves. These stoves use half the amount of wood as the conventional method, reducing the impact on the environment and saving women hours each week spent collecting wood for fuel. Stove producers have been selling surplus stoves and have been improving the original model for efficiency and style. “I am a carpenter in Pemba. When I was working on the school roof in Kokota I saw the stoves the village was making. I asked CFI to come to my village, Hindi, in order to teach us how to make them. Now we make stoves but we also plant trees and maize.” - Fundi Saleh, Carpenter, Hindi

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