MBAULA’s Data Monitoring and Management Officer visited 5 districts where he met various stove production groups.
The first site visited was in Lunzu where he met 2 production groups which were trained by World Food Programme’s Action against Hunger project. The groups, Ntotela and Likomba were unfortunately trained at a time when then project phased out and they have been dormant since 2017 February.
The second site visited was in Dedza where a new production group, Kalindiza Dedza East was mapped.
The third site visited was in Salima where a new group under the Kalyolyo name was verified. This group has 12 people; 8 women and 4 men. They have overall made 15000 stoves and they currently have 1200 stoves in stock. The challenge faced by this group is that they do not have any access to markets and are thus failing to sell their stoves.
10 more new production were also mapped in Salima.
The next sites visited were in Nkhotakota at two projects overseen by volunteers from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The first visit was at Katengeza Community Based Organisation; this group is making briquettes and they have made about 25,000 briquettes thus far. The next stop was at Madzimatuwa Forest Club which has made about 30,000 briquettes thus far. All the two groups are currently looking for ways to expand their market base from Nkhotakota to Lilongwe and Nkhatabay.
The next visit was in Rumphi where the Rumphi Women’s Forum also engages in stove-making activities. The Rumphi Women’s Forum is a grouping which advocates for women empowerment activities.
The last visit was in Karonga where 10 new production groups working with VSO were also mapped.