For nearly a decade, Lifeline has been providing low cost, high quality boreholes for rural Ugandan communities in which people had been drinking from filthy and contaminated water sources. Over that period, Lifeline has completed 350 such boreholes that are serving the clean water needs of approximately 235,000+ individuals at a cost of less than $10 per person. Lifeline has been putting systems in place that are helping communities preserve the integrity of their boreholes and that ensure their long-term sustainability.
After providing tens of thousands of Ugandans who had been displaced by war with access to fuel saving stoves from 2006 though 2008, Lifeline “commercialized” its wood-burning stove program. That is, Lifeline produced stoves for commercial sale, thereby stimulating self-sustaining markets and building local capacity.
Lifeline has since sold tens of thousands of its Okelo Kuc (the “peacemaking stove”) and EcoSmart charcoal-burning stoves to impoverished urban and peri-urban dwellers in Northern and Eastern Uganda and beyond. Then, in 2014, Lifeline began marketing a wood-burning version of its EcoSmart Stove in rural communities. All three stoves are handcrafted by local artisans with locally available materials and sold by local vendors.
Lifeline provides institutional fuel saving stoves to primary and secondary schools. Since 2009, Lifeline has produced, sold and/or installed approximately 300 stoves at schools and other institutions in Northern Uganda. Lifeline’s institutional stoves are made entirely from locally available materials and are produced on-site by trained local staff. These stoves reduce the amount of wood needed for cooking by 50%, thereby saving the schools hundreds of dollars each semester. As the stoves are purchased at cost, this program is almost entirely self-sustaining.