The Soft Foot Alliance Trust is researching and implementing a broad range of projects as we evolve our local communities knowledge of how to live well and sustainable in our local environment. By doing this we can support the native grasses and woodlands to regenerate, which in turn helps the local water table.

One project very close to our hearts is a Rocket Stove project.  In rural areas cooking is often done inside on open fires, which generate a large volume of smoke. Cooking smoke related diseases are a big risk rural families. Our Rocket Stove workshops train local women in villages throughout our region to make stoves from locally available materials.

Rocket stoves are efficient cooking devices that use draft and an insulated chimney to cook/and or heat water with very little wood. Each program participant takes home the moulds, so she can spread the knowledge and teach her family and friend. The advantages of these stoves are numerous and not only include the fact that less smoke means less respiratory disease in children from inhalation of wood smoke from open fires in closed kitchens. but also:

  1. Significantly less wood needed to cook meaning that women don’t need to venture deep into the protected area and chop trees down each week.
  2. Just a handful of small sticks to cook their meals.
  3. Less effort collecting wood means more time to do other chores.

Rocket Stove Manual

We also encourage people to download the linked Rocket Stove Workshop Manual and please share widely.

A great sustainable cooking technique helping families and our environment!

Nompumelelo Mkhize – Rocket Stove Trainers

Nompu’s Story: Hi, my name is Nompumelelo mkhize and I am one of the rocket stove trainers. As it’s often said that in doing everything there ought to be  a motive behind something that pushes you doing that particular thing and the reasons that makes you enjoy doing it .Well with me I’d say the reason I took part in the project of these rocket stoves is my philanthropic character. The love for human kind has always been my source of motive and inspiration towards helping people by equipping them with skills of survival there by making the world a better place to live well. Growing up in Africa, particularly Zimbabwe, knowing exactly the difficulty many face regarding their means of cooking and even the scarcity of firewood, it is when I opted in helping as many lives as I could through introducing them to this fast easy and user friendly rocket stoves project.

And seeing the great success and the improvement this project this project has  brought in my community and the society as a whole I say lam always motivated to train as much people as I can for we do not only train but impart them with knowledge that will be shared if with other next generations to come and also to keep working harder for it goes without saying “the sky is the limit”.  Keep on supporting us and thank you.

We have a number of communities requesting Rocket Stove Workshops. When we run the first workshop in a new community we take everything with us for the 3 days of training.

As a result these workshop cost US$250 This covers the cost of up to 12 local women going through the training and getting the materials they need. 

If you would be willing to part or all of the costs of running a workshop that would be very welcome.