When she isn’t busy weaving, Simbiona Chulca Cajcaj (37) spends most of her day cooking meals for her husband and two daughters. Her house is split into two spaces; one room perches on the top of a hill while the other room slopes downward. In this space, she has prepared hot meals for over twenty years.
Simbiona’s previous stove stands in the corner, a quiet reminder for what used to be. “Our other stove was old, about twenty years or so. And it was small. It didn’t have a lot of problems, but there was always smoke coming out of it and filling the room.”
Her kitchen is now smoke-free, allowing her six-year-old daughter, Selena, to focus on her homework without being bothered by the fumes. Simbiona reflects that since building the stove, their household no longer has to spend a fortune on firewood. “Instead, we can give more food to our children so that they can grow and develop.”
Simbiona has a special message for the international group that came to help build her stove: “We send you our warmest greetings and hugs. May you continue with a happy life, thank you for the stove. You have given us so much support with this project.”