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A group of 14 women from Mambanje Village, on the border of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, have finally received training on how to make their own rocket stoves. The training has been in demand at Mambanje after a few of community members recently visited the Soft Foot Alliance Trust, saw the stoves and fell in love with the way in which people are able to save both fire wood and time by using them. Each of the 14 women trained by a facilitator from the Soft Foot Alliance Trust are encouraged to train others in the community and also make rocket stoves for sale. So next time you’re in Mambanje, ask for a meal made on a rocket stove! African Bush Camps Foundation is proud to support innovative ideas that lead to the conservation of our environment.

Rocket Stove Base

Working on the base of the stove, where the twigs used to power the stove are placed.

Shaping of wood saving stoves

Laurie from the Soft Foot Alliance Trust leading a demonstration on how to create the chimney of the stove through which the fire will burn. The stoves are made using locally available material including clay, ash, and manure. In the second image, the shaping the pot stand area. In the dish is the mould for the pot skirt which is used to hold larger pots.

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Careful measurements to ensure maximum efficiency! The owner of this stove is clearly looking forward to using it.

Clay stoves set to dry for 3 weeks

The stoves are left to dry for 3 weeks where after they’ll be ready for use. The thorns around are protecting them from any unwelcome guests such as goats and naughty school kids.