Betty: Bringing Food & Life Back to Her War-Torn Community

Efficient Energy

Betty’s story is a living example of community and self-actualization. Betty became a single mother of seven after the 10-year war in Northern Uganda claimed thousands of lives, including those of her husband and close family members. As a seamstress in the rural North, she could barely cover the costs of charcoal to feed her family, let alone pay their school fees. Lifeline stepped in as a partner to design and produce one of the most invaluable resources for communities like Betty’s: fuel-efficient cookstoves. Using a model developed by Lifeline, Betty has since become one of the most successful stove vendors in her community.

Her story is one of millions that are an inspiration of transformation for us all: a living example of community and self-actualization. After the 10-year war in Northern Uganda that claimed the lives of thousands, including her husband and close family members, Betty suddenly became a single mother of seven. As a seamstress in the rural North, Betty could barely cover the costs of charcoal to feed her family, let alone pay their school fees. Like millions of other mothers around the world confronted by insurmountable odds, Betty became the birth of a solution.

Lifeline designs and produces fuel-efficient cookstoves to tie two of our most intimately-linked resources — fire and water — and help communities navigate the act of cooking, a fundamental aspect of this lived experience.

But introducing new technologies and/or methodologies requires skills well beyond a technical point of view. Humans are the only species on this planet who cook our food. So it’s no wonder that over two billion people still use firewood or charcoal to build the fire that sustains their lives. But this reliance on woodfuels is killing us. Deforestation, sickness and death from household air pollution, abuse from firewood collection and loss of valuable daylight hours are just a few examples of the burdens trapping billions in a cycle of poverty.

Our approach involves:

  • Teaching the fundamental details of cooking – from cuisine type, to pot size, to traditional culinary habits – that together inform the design process of our stove technology
  • Designing the market entry and distribution approaches to introduce the technology to post-conflict and developing communities; and
  • Evaluating the “user” centric experiences to build a trusted feedback loop that we use to translate the reality of our successes AND failures into further action.

Since partnering with Lifeline, Betty has become one of the most successful stove vendors in her community. And Betty’s success is one we need to act further on, for humanity’s sake.

Fuel Saving Cookstoves Can Change Lives!

623,000 Ugandan lives have been impacted by Lifeline’s fuel saving stoves. Here is CC’s story on the difference the Eco-Smart Stoves have made in her community.

Fuel Saving Cookstoves Can Change Lives!#EcoSmartStove in Northern Uganda623,000 Ugandan lives have been impacted by Lifeline’s fuel saving stoves Donate Today! https://lifelinefund.org/donate/ – Hear CC’s story!

Posted by Lifeline on Wednesday, March 29, 2017