Garbage-fed community cooker cuts wood use, energy costs

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from AlertNet
Published on 10 Apr 2012 View Original

By Isaiah Esipisu

KIBERA, Kenya (AlertNet) - At 9 am, boiled-maize vendor Janet Atieno leaves her house in Laini Saba village in Nairobi’s sprawling Kibera slum with a sack in one hand and a stick in the other. Her mission is to collect solid waste that she can exchange for cooking time at a community facility that makes use of garbage as fuel.

“For many years, I have used either charcoal or firewood to boil the maize. But the cost of these forms of energy has become unbearable,” said the mother of four, explaining why she decided to start picking up rubbish to redeem at the community cooker.

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