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Dear Colleague,

I'm back in Cambridge, Massachusetts after a highly successful autumn in Tanzania developing our work in the four new villages of Losirwa, Losimingori, Selela, and Esilalei.

We hired local staff people and trained the women's stove and solar installation teams. Expert women from Monduli Juu villages, where the project is mature, traveled to provide more than a week of training for each.

Because Maasai villages are expansive, and the distances between them so great, we established a new Project Hub in Mto wa Mbu. The town has plenty of shops and services where we can buy cement, sand, and tools.

There we located a brick maker who produces excellent bricks from local clay, firing them using rice husks for fuel.
In this image you can see his unique way of stacking the bricks to be fired, with spaces between for the burning husks.
Stacking bricks for firing in Mto wa Mbu
Thank you for all you interest and support for fueling our progress.

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 Twende!


Robert V. Lange, President
Maasai Stoves & Solar project of the ICSEE

Hub Manager  

   

We're hiring a manager to live in Mto wa Mbu, our new project hub, to oversee sales, deliveries, and installation in the four villages. See the hub's delivery vehicle below, the popular Toyo motorcycle/pickup truck.  

 

We have some candidates, and we invite qualified managers who speak English, Swahili, and Maasai language to submit applications. 

Maasai Stoves & Solar delivery
Our new delivery vehicle

  

Helping to mitigate climate change effects 

   

The launch in the four villages was supported by a GDF Suez Foundation Grant. Three will be integrated into a program where the stoves can produce income through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  

 

The results of the studies on Maasai Stoves & Solar stoves performed by Dr. Hassan Rajabu, an engineer from the University of Dar es Salaam, confirmed a reduction in emissions of three metric tons per stove per year!

 

This not only benefits the health of the people, but mitigates the effects of climate change.

These studies bring us one step closer to carbon credit certification. 
Meet Kisika Lengenyiki
Assistant Manager, Maasai Stoves & Solar
 
Kisika
Kisika Lengenyiki 

With perfect English and fluency in Swahili and the Maasai language, Kisika is a graduate of Morangu Teachers College in Moshi, the city at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Originally from the same home village as Project Manager Kisioki, he became aware of our work by noticing the benefits to homes and seeing the Project vehicle moving throughout the region.

We hired him in July to help with bookkeeping for our new installment and lay-away purchase plans. It soon became apparent that he was an ideal trainee for a leadership role. He now participates in all aspects of the Project and is quickly becoming an expert.  
 
Kisika has only one weakness. He never learned to drive. The Project is going to fix that with lots of practice in our Landrover and on our motorcycles, after, of course, driving school first. 

Thank you, Kisika, for your efforts, enthusiasm, and willingness to try everything! 
November 2012
In This Issue
New project hub
Carbon credit certification
View a short video
Share and connect
About our new hub 

Mto wa Mbu, means "River of Mosquitos" but it is actually a very pleasant town.  

 

Along with the usual corn and bean crops of the region, the people also grow bananas and rice.

 

Mto wa Mbu is in the East Africa Rift Valley at the base of the Nogorongoro highlands escarpment where cliffs line the western edge of the eastern branch. 

 

The salt lakes are along this branch of the valley. One of them lies right next to Mto wa Mbu where the entrance to the Lake Manyara National Park is located. 

Did you know?

The Rift Valley is one of our planet's most amazing geological features. A joint in the earth's crust, it runs from Syria to Mozambique with the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea along its path. It crosses the Red Sea, shapes the highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia, and goes through Kenya and Tanzania on its way south.  

 

Its western branch is where you find the deep lakes of East Africa, and its eastern branch, where we are working, is the home of salt lakes and live volcanoes including Ol Doinyo Lengai. Its name means "the mountain of God" in the Maasai language  and its last eruption ended in 2008. 

 

Please share 

Do you know people who might like to know about our effective on-the-ground programs? Please invite them to connect by sharing this email.  

 

A video about our work 

View a video from our early days and see Maasai Stoves & Solar and our community in action, filmed by Brian Petchers. 

 

About us 
Welcome to the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project of the ICSEE  (International Collaborative for Science, Education, and the Environment).

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization based in America and Tanzania.

Like us, are you dedicated to improved quality of life, health, and well-being for the developing world, and to a healthier environment for all?
For more information contact:

Bob Lange
(ICSEE)
Maasai Stoves & Solar
81 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 508.735.9176