Damalie is a mother of three. She owns a small business that sells tomatoes and maize in the evenings. Her neighbor Dan, who works at EUF (one of Impact Carbon's manufacturing partners of improved cookstoves), introduced her to the benefits of improved cookstoves and she invested in one a year ago. She used to spend 1,000 UGX (€0.26) a day on charcoal and now uses the same quantity of charcoal for 2-3 days. This saves her up to 75%! She uses the savings to pay for her children’s school fees and investing in her business. Because the stove saves time on cooking, she is able to spend more time to attend to her business. Given the many benefits of using an improved cookstove, she has no regrets about her purchase decision.
Winfred is a house wife who cooks food for a family of five with her improved cookstove. She is very happy with her stove: before she used to spend 2,000 UGX (€0.52) on charcoal every day, now she spends 1,000 UGX (€0.26) a day, saving 50% on charcoal. She appreciates the one year guarantee on the stoves which is not offered by other stoves on the market. The stove also cooks fast, saving her time which she spends with friends and family.
Haawah has used improved cookstoves for the last two and a half years to cook food for her family of four. Originally, she thought the improved cookstoves were too expensive, but after experiencing the savings firsthand, she’s glad she made the investment. Previously, a sack of charcoal worth 65,000 UGX (€16.85) lasted two months, but now using improved cookstoves, she only needs to spend 40,000 UGX (€ 10.37) for the two months. This saves her 25,000 UGX (€6.50) every time she buys charcoal. With these savings, she is able to contribute to her children’s school fees and since her improved stoves cook faster, she is able to spend more time with her family.