By Memory Mudzani
The introduction of fuel efficiency cook stoves in Mbizha village under Hwange district has transformed lives for villagers as they now use cleaner and environmentally friendly method of cooking.
The environmentally friendly biomass cook stove is heated by burning wood, charcoal, animal dung or crop residue is used for cooking and heating food.
“Many rural homes here in Mbizha village ward 6 are adapting to this new technology of using fuel efficiency cook stove or tsotso stove. These cook stoves use less fire wood with one piece of wood being enough to cook a meal. We can also use other materials such as corn cobs to heat the stove,” said one of the villagers who identified herself as Rosa Mbewe.
Women and children who were responsible for gathering firewood are now happy because their work-load has been reduced.
“We used to use Scotch carts to collect firewood because we were using more wood to cook or boil water but now with the fuel efficiency stoves introduced to our area, there is no longer need to fetch more firewood ,” said one of the villagers.
In an interview with Sarudzai she said that she is happy that the stoves have capacity to keep heat for a considerable time ensuring that food is warm until her children return from school.
These stoves are said to have created employment for builders and other talented people as they now move around building stoves in their community and earning some income.