Description of the project: BWC offers a simple, low cost,
sustainable alternative to heavy use of solid fuel by building clean
cookstoves with mud-building techniques and local materials. The
main objectives of this participatory project are to: improve the
livelihood of women by training them on the construction of lowemitting
mud cookstoves, reduce air pollution, improve health,
and enhance women’s participation in community engagement.
Reaching 300 beneficiaries in 30 communities, BWC has held 10
participatory stove building workshops with women’s groups; held
training of trainers; supported the establishment of partnerships
and cooperatives fostering income generation; organised annual
meetings for all trainees.
Climate impact: In rural Cameroon, 98% of the population are
using large amounts of firewood and charcoal for cooking. This is
causing deforestation, CO2 emissions, heavy indoor air pollution
and affecting the health of the women cooking. Following the
Paris Agreement, this project builds on a bottom-up
approach to fight climate change. With the improved cookstoves,
BWC expects firewood consumption in the communities to be
reduced by 60-70%, resulting in less pressure on forests and
reduced health impacts.
Gender impact: Women are gaining technical skills (building
and repairing cookstoves) originally carried out by men in the
communities. The adopted skills are easily transferable and over
12 women beneficiaries have engaged in the construction of mud
buildings. With less time spent on collecting firewood and cooking,
women have more time for other activities. 20 women have
formed a trainer’s network, empowering more women to engage
in local advocacy and income generating activities.
Scalability / replicability: The mud-building technique is easy
to replicate, adapt and upscale as it uses simple technology with
available local, natural, ecological and low cost materials. This
project also relies on a Global Ecovillage Network and an online
Solutions Library with one-page introductions and overviews of
technical alternatives. Developing and implementing sustainable
long-lasting projects in local ownership is one of the foundations
of climate change adaptation and mitigation, which requires a
truly participatory approach.