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Energy saving technology

The Anagi energy-saving stove

In the Kandy area of Sri Lanka, most people used a traditional three-stone open fire (as in Kenya). However, a shortage of firewood meant that this had to change.

The solution was an energy-saving stove called the Anagi stove. This uses up to 28% less fuel than a three-stone fire and, like the Upesi stove, is more efficient and safer to use.

A team of 33 potters, both men and women, were trained to make and sell the stoves. In just over two years they produced 10,000. Two pots are thrown on a potter's wheel, joined the next day and pot supports are added. These are then slowly dried before being fired at 750C in a kiln. Finally the stove is built into a mud base in the kitchen, so that it is safe and stable.

A fund was set up to help people who could not afford to buy a stove. They pay in instalments and, with each payment, a new loan can be started for another stove.

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