How SAFE Stoves are Changing People’s Lives by World Food Programme on Exposure
By Daphne Carliez & Paris Kazis Lack of firewood and a four-hour daily walk to collect new supplies often meant families were undercooking or even skipping their meals in the region of Gitega, central Burundi. Now fuel-efficient stoves are transforming people's lives and also generating extra income for some families. The World Food Programme's Safe Access to Fuel and Energy, or SAFE, initiative has reached over 6 million people in 18 countries, meeting a target set in 2009. The aim now is to assist 10 million people by 2020. Here we take a closer look at Burundi's story. ------------------ "Access to firewood was the main problem I always faced," says Marie Gakobwa. Marie and her husband Richard Nahimana, parents to four children, received a new stove under the SAFE programme in Colline de Rushanga. The new fuel-efficient stoves in this area mean fewer and shorter firewood-collection trips, allowing more children to attend school instead of gathering fuel. Less money is spent on firewood, while families eat more regular, nutritious meals as there is no need to worry about using up all the wood.