KENYA: Relieving a Dire Wood Shortage Facing Somali Refugees

Building Resilience

Lifeline’s program in Northeast Kenya helped address the severe wood shortage facing more than 500,000 Somali refugees encamped near Dadaab, whose influx has placed a dangerous strain on the area’s fragile desert environment. In 2008, Lifeline began implementing a fuel saving stove program for these refugees with a new staff of 35 refugee workers. Over the following years, these workers produced and/or distributed 45,000 clay and metal-clad stoves to women refugees, who were trained on their use and maintenance.

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45,000

Stoves Distributed

Firewood

Fuel Source

$8.00

Cost to Produce

35

Refugees Employed