Claudia Sansone got involved in solar cooking after meeting Arline J. Lederman and Patricia McArdle at the United Nations' Commission on the Status on Women in 2012 and 2013. Reading McArdle's Farista convinced Claudia that solar cooking could augment her work in Malawi. She has since worked to introduce solar cooking to women's organizations and early childhood development groups in Malawi.
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- September 2013: Inspiration from Solar cookers International fosters a CooKit introduction project in Malawi - Claudia Sansone, whose interest in solar cookers began when she met with current Solar Cookers International board member, AJ Lederman, and then SCI board member Pat McArdle, at a UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in 2011, spent the month of June demonstrating solar cookers to villagers in Malawi. Sansone says that after she read McArdle’s novel Farishta, she was convinced that solar cooking could be successfully introduced in Malawi. With guidance from SCI executive director Julie Greene in Sacramento, California, USA, Sansone purchased several CooKits. She used these cookers to make templates, and then produced a number of the solar panel cookers to distribute. Traveling with her family to Malawi, she hosted classes and demonstrations on solar cooking with the CooKits. With a friend, she taught the women at Elizabeth Chikoya’s Women’s Development Center and members of the Gogo Grandmothers how to make more solar cookers with locally available materials. Read more at: Malawi and Solar Cookers International