Millicent Odira at work. Photo/Courtesy
The group known as Rosepig has 8 women and 6 men, united by the common goal of preventing cutting of trees for firewood, in the end promoting afforestation.
According to Millicent Anyango Odira one of the members, they saw it fit to venture into the making of energy saver jikos to promote environmental conservation not only in Migori, but the whole Country.
"We have build jikos in various parts of Migori. We have gone to other Counties and even up to Uganda. We started this venture with a major purpose of conserving our environment," she said.
Odira said they started the initiative after being trained by officials of various organizations, among them Practical Action. They have put up jikos in institutions such as schools and hospitals.
"Our jikos use less firewood. They help our clients reduce the cost of firewood by 60%. It emits less smoke as compared to the normal jiko," she added.
According to Sharon Atieno who is in charge of gender affairs and advocacy at the Practical Action, their aim is to empower women to conserve the environment while putting food on their tables at the same time.
"Our vision is to ensure that the women we are calling direct beneficiaries are empowered economically and be in a position to provide for their families, at the same time ensuring that we promote the use of clean energy in our society."
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