Grace is now enjoying a lie in! She lives with her husband Ackim and two children and used to wake up at 2am to leave to collect firewood. She wouldn’t return much before 5pm.
That is because Chileka Village is located in a heavily deforested area of Nkhotakota District so she would have to walk miles to find any firewood. Grace did this three times a week.
She said, “I now only need to collect firewood once per week because I have a Changu Changu Moto cookstove, and I only need small branches too. This is giving me more time to do household chores and I am able to get piece work, either farming or carrying sand.”