Innovations and womenIn this series of visual stories we zoom in on inclusive innovations that specifically support women.
Problem and solution
The problem of cooking
Reports of Uganda's National Forestry Authority indicate that Uganda’s forest cover across the country tremendously declined from 24% (almost 5 million hectares) of land area in the 1990 to less than 9% (almost 2 million) in 2018. With forests gone there is also clear indication that traditional cooking methods expose family members to numerous pollutants causing health problems.
The innovative solution
Rose Twine, Founder and managing director of Eco Group Limited, estimates that cooking with the rock can reduce household wood or charcoal consumption up to 75%. The company is expanding marketing and distribution of both the cook stove as the rocks in Uganda with the ambition to completely replace the wood fuel consumption and improve the economic and health situation of many families.
About the Ecostove
The solar battery that powers the stove fan can light three bulbs, charge phones and is inbuilt with a radio receiver and thus provides an all-in-one solution for off-grid customers.
Cooking with rocks is able to cut down the cost of household charcoal consumption up to 75%. This is significant in enabling a household to save money to meet other needs.
The product addresses the problem of reducing the increasing cutting down of trees to burn charcoal.
Next to the Ecostove for household use, the company offers tailor made solutions to large institutions such as schools and prisons, additionally reducing the consumption of wood fuel and charcoal in the country.
The solution offered by EcoGroup
Meet one of the rock collectorsNyirazanika Rose
“I am so happy with this work because it makes me not fully dependent on my husband. I can earn UGX 150,000 (around USD 40) on a monthly basis which adds to my other source of income from knitting. This enables me to contribute to my children’s education and I can also meet other households and personal needs easily.”
Meet the owner of an Ecostove salespointNakawesi Evelyn
Meet an Ecostove customerNakalema Gladys
"This entire value-chain involves women to earn a living to improve livelihood for themselves as well as their loved ones."
- Rose Twine, Founder of EcoGroup Limited