Community Health Evangelism (CHE) Swaziland is working hard to become in-country sustainable through business opportunities such as the “Wonder Bag Project”.
It is increasingly difficult in Swaziland to depend on electricity and other sources of energy, such as firewood. Through innovation, research, study and analysis, we discovered heat retention cooking bags known as Wonder Bags! At least 2 million people’ s lives have been improved by Wonder Bags. Its insulation makes cooking meaty stews and vegetable curries, plus simple rice and soups, easier. All you do is heat up your pot of food on a stove, kick-start the cooking process and then put it in the Wonder Bag. The food continues cooking, making hot meals, while saving energy, time and money.
This Wonder Bag Project would go a long way in uplifting the lives of the communities in and around Siteki. People could be changed into responsible citizens working towards the goal of empowerment by having a means to make a living, combating poverty, diseases, hopelessness. This initiative so far has been one of the most essential modes of energy conservation in many parts of our neighboring country, South Africa, and it is our wish to see it having a great impact on our people in Swaziland.
- It saves food: 20% of all staple food in Africa is burned, due to pots being placed on open fires and unregulated stove tops. There is no burning with the Wonder Bag.
- Kitchen accidents are few because the stove is not used much.
- It reduces time spent cooking, giving more time for child-care and other activities.
- It can reduce a family’s fuel usage up to 30%- -saving money and easing poverty.
- Less carbon-dioxide emissions preserves the environment
- To change the many lives of Swazis through less energy consumption, so that they save money to assist themselves in other human needs in this ailing economy.
- To obtain revenue for the community and care point, so that we do not depend on donors all the time, but are able to independently do things ourselves.
- To expand to other regions nationwide, sharing the good news and also branding the Wonder Bags together with the CHE brand.
CHE Swaziland trains and facilitates the local community, churches and volunteers, so it has a base to properly market the heat retention cooking bags, in a broader and understandable way. We want the volunteers who have been given ownership of providing information to their communities to tutor on using the bags as well enabling them to reach most parts of the kingdom.