In 2000 the Girl Guides of Tanzania hosted a full trainer training seminar, graduating twelve women prepared to lead workshops, but for reasons beyond their control they were not able to begin their project right away. In 2003 they requested another trainer course, and we decided that this was an opportunity for expansion and experimentation.
EXPANSION: The Association recruited trainer trainees from each of the country's geographical divisions, with the understanding that each trainer would be responsible for spreading the technology in her district
A big advantage of this second time around was that we had five trainers from the 2000 seminar, who helped train the new recruits. They already knew that Girl Guide training was supposed to be fun, and they helped those from distant districts build their cookers and then learn how to use them, enjoying it all.
EXPERIMENTATION: Instead of inviting friends of trainers to be the participants in the full-day workshops required of the trainers before graduation, we decided to hire a bus and go to a village to train anyone who was interested. We felt that this would result in participants who really needed the technology. And that was the result.
What we did not expect was the large number of men who came. In Africa cooking is considered woman's work, and a man who cooks is rare.
These men were bachelors, and they came wanting to learn how their dinner could be cooking while they were at work. They expressed great enthusiasm for what they were shown.
[Text borrowed from http://www.barby.com/solar_cooking.htm.]
- February 2005: Slideshow showing Girl Guides' activities in 2004
See Barby Pulliam.