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Kisoro Organization Using volcanic Rocks to Conserve Environment

According to Max, the stove is capable of preparing meals for hundreds of people using less firewood compared to ordinary stoves and is smoke free.
The virunga stove

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Virunga Technologies, a Kisoro based Non governmental organization has designed a giant energy cooking stove with the aim of reducing pressure on wood fuel. The cooking stove uses less wood fuel and is ideal for cooking for large communities such as schools and prisons.

It is built using volcanic rocks and aluminum. Engineer Max Gold, the managing Director Virunga technologies says the stove is made out of volcanic rocks which are shaped like bricks fixed in between the aluminum to keep it hotter for longer hours.

According to Max, the stove is capable of preparing meals for hundreds of people using less firewood compared to ordinary stoves and is smoke free. He says the smoke itself is burnt and turned into energy which saves energy and reduces the health risks to the cooks.

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Shebah Hanyurwa also a Director at Virunga technologies says they are currently concentrating on producing institutional cooking stoves since they consume a lot of wood fuel.

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He says that the only challenge is the financial constraints since the Aluminum used in the process is expensive. Rev. Fr. John Bazemenyera is the Director St.George Primary school and Muhanga Secondary school which has already started using the technology.

He says that their expenditure on firewood dropped drastically when they embraced the technology and have been able to save a lot of money. He says that the biggest advantage of the technology is that it is effective as all the fire that enters has doesn't exit which he says makes it possible to use less wood.

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Milton Bazanye Mutabazi, the Kisoro District chairperson says they have already approved the innovation, which he says is using volcanic rocks that used to lie idle in people's gardens and by the roadside. He says the leadership is now encouraging schools to adopt the technology to reduce pressure on forests and conserve the environment.

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