Project title

Tiby-B, promotion and introduction of Integrated Solar Cooking (ISC) in the Segou region, Mali

Location and country

Mali, Segou region, municipality of Dioro and Farakou Massa, Segou region, Mali

Target group

Over 800 women in the Segou region who depend on the use of firewood for the preparation of their meals and who learn about ISC for the first time. Evaluation of ISC use among women who have used ISC for a number of years already.

CIMG3639Short project description

  • Training of over 800 women in the use of ISC and providing them with cooking appliances at a subsidised price (75% subsidy).
  • The creation of a few cooperatives that are to disseminate integrated solar cooking on their own.
  • Evaluation of ISC use among women who have used ISC for a number of years already.

Implementation period

2013-2014 (evaluation 2015)

Budget

€ 55,750

Financing

KoZon, thanks to a large donation.

Implementing organisation

Local coordination:

  • Association des Femmes Ingénieurs du Mali (AFIMA) (Association of Women Engineers of Mali)
    Coordinator: Mrs KEITA Haoua NIANG

Local partners:

  • PVM (projet Village Millenaire) (Millennium Village project)
  • DRE (Direction Régionale de l’Energie de Ségou) (Regional Energy Directorate of Segou)
  • ORS (Opération Riz-Ségou) (Operation Rice Segou)

KoZon Foundation:
Coordinator: Frits Penning de Vries

Present state of affairs

During the last two years over 800 women from around Tiby (Segou region in Mali) have had the opportunity to learn about integrated solar cooking. AFIMA has sent a financial statement and a final report that gives an overview of the project results. To that end AFIMA and a few collaborators have visited every village and recorded the women’s experiences. AFIMA also had a film made for Malian television that shows how the association promoted solar cooking as well as the substantial successes achieved.

Results

The project (phases A and B, 2012-2014/2015) has yielded good results. Most women who were trained during the past few years, use the hay basket and the improved cooking stove on a daily basis and the CooKit at least once a week (on a daily basis in the dry season). This includes over 850 women in 15 villages in the Tiby region. The animators checked again how much wood solar cooking actually saved by weighing wood consumption in ‘with’ and ‘without’ situations. As the women save on average 13.5 kg of wood per day, annual wood consumption in the region decreases by 4000 tons! It is surprising to see how many ‘old’ CooKits are still in use.

The women are not only pleased with saving wood and having fewer expenses, but in particular with saving time since they don’t need to attend the cooking process all the time. Quite a variety of dishes can be cooked in the CooKits. These advantages have now become known outside the region as well, so that demand for cooking sets has increased considerably in many regions. However the women find that it is a disadvantage that large pans cannot be used in the CooKit, especially where large families (10-20 persons) are concerned. KoZon hopes that the introduction of the solar box will offer these families a good alternative.

Cooperatives

PVM (Projet Village Millénaire) has been a good partner in opening up the region (the project is close to completion). ORS (Opération Riz Ségou) is now going to encourage further development; ORS is enthusiastic about ISC. AFIMA, our Malian partner in this project, and PVM have created trained women’s cooperatives in about eight villages that are going to promote solar cooking. Most trained women participate. The plan was that leaders of these cooperatives would get a first management training and that AFIMA and PVM would take the lead in creating business plans. Indeed, the cooperatives were to work independently and as a business, without financial support. This did not happen.

Tiby-C, a follow-up project?

It had always been the plan that in the end the cooperatives disseminate solar cooking independently in the regions. As for now neither the necessary expertise nor the financial means are available. AFIMA prefers to start a new project in another region. We are at present looking whether a link with Togo Tile, the ISC business that is active close to Segou, might offer new possibilities.

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