WINDHOEK: An assembly workshop for EzyStoves was opened in the Havana informal settlement on the outskirts of the capital on Friday, during which residents were also introduced to the invention.
An EzyStove is a revolutionary wood-burning stove, developed with local users and produced locally for developing countries in need of a solution that replaces cooking over an open fire.
It reduces harmful smoke, decreases deforestation, creates local jobs and drastically reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
The stove only operates with two pieces of wood at the most, and does not pose any fire dangers as it was designed with safety in mind.
It reduces fuel and/or wood consumption by two-thirds, and reduces emissions between 60 to 80 per cent.
The Ezystove can accommodate from a small cooking pot up to a 20-litre drum.
It was created by Creative Entrepreneurs Solutions to lessen the strain put on the already overburdened natural resources.
Creative Entrepreneurs Solutions Namibia, based in Ondangwa, embarked on a project to seek a solution that could be achievable and above all affordable for the end-users.
With the EzyStove, women, who are usually the main caregivers, now have more time to attend to other tasks that need their attention, and the EzyStove means they don’t have to spend long hours in the bushes collecting wood, subsequently reducing the risks of being attacked, raped or even murdered.
Councillor David Martin from the Moses Garoeb Constituency commended the idea of opening an assembly workshop in the Havana settlement, saying this will bring much-needed development to the area as most people living there are poverty-stricken and live in shacks.
Two people are currently employed at the assembly shop in Havana.
The stove will be subsidised by Government through the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) at a cost of only N.dollars 55 per unit.
The aim is to sell at least 200 000 EzyStoves throughout the country.
Meryl Berry from the Pupkewitz Foundation, who also supported the initiative, said the stoves will be sold at some of their hardware outlets in the near future.