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Eco-Friendly Stoves Increase Savings and Purchasing Power

Through a unique social enterprise model, Lifeline is helping communities leverage fuel and cost savings gained by using efficient energy technologies to increase their buying power to afford more goods and improve quality of life. The EcoSmart approach allows Lifeline’s Ugandan community partners to capture a market share through cost efficient products.

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Stoves for Schools Boost Efficiencies, Save Energy

Institutional stoves are revolutionizing the way schools in Uganda deliver meals to students – and helping preserve the environment in the process. Mr. Were Nassani, deputy of Namalu Mixed Primary School in Nakapiripirit, Karamoja region, is reporting exciting savings in both energy and efficiencies with his school’s Institutional Stove (IS).

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Generating Income for Her Family, One Stove at a Time

Georgette is an elderly single mother and caretaker of seven children in her household, many of whom are her own grandchildren orphaned while fleeing from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda. A survivor of the area’s armed conflict, she has made her home in Uganda’s Nakivale settlement and is now an active member of the Wakati Foundation’s women’s group.

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Rethinking Water Policies: Oxford University Research

Lifeline has spent decades dedicated to addressing the challenge of access to clean and safe water in poverty-stricken communities around the world. By 2050, there will be some 900+ million people living in rural areas — a 43% increase compared to 2015 — combined with other unique characteristics that put the continent at great risk for water-related stress and conflict.

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Oregon State University: Research on Cookstoves & Behavior Change

Social enterprise workers have made tremendous strides in improving cookstoves to address their health and environmental impact, but these technical advancements often come at the cost of practical cooking needs. Lifeline teamed up with Oregon State University on a testing protocol to help stove designers evaluate cookstove usability in Uganda and Guatemala.

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Stanford University

Lifeline’s partnership with Stanford University — a leader in environmental research and innovation — is impacting safe water supplies in Uganda’s rural Apac District through its EverFlow program. EverFlow contracts with local water committees to maintain 700+ community-owned handpumps, while Stanford researchers work to analyze the demand and cost of their maintenance.

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Everflow Africa: Creating a Lasting Source of Water + Revenue

Did you know 30-50% of rural water projects in sub-Saharan Africa fail within 2-5 years? That means donors are repeatedly asked to construct and rehabilitate water points, creating an unsustainable cycle of dependency on external aid. Everflow, Lifeline’s local maintenance and repair business, works to prevent pump breakdowns and minimize costs through risk sharing.

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5-Year WASH Strategy: Making Water Safe for All Communities

Approximately 40% of water systems in rural Uganda fail within 2-5 years of installation. As a result, villagers are forced to drink from dirty water sources or walk inordinate distances to collect water. Lifeline is breaking the cycle of failed relief initiatives through wholistic approaches to community development, know, as Clear Water Initiatives.

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