Last updated: 01 June 2017
Gnibouwa Diassana of Bla won a "2006 Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy" worth 2,500 pounds sterling. The funds will enable his project Sun for All to increase production of cookers and to reach out to more women's groups and other community organizations. Diassana has built a variety of solar cookers, plus a solar food dryer and solar water heater. Most of the solar cookers he has built are of the box type with three reflectors, based on a design by the Swiss organization ULOG. He has found homes for most of the cookers with organizations of artisans, nonprofits, women's groups and individual families. He reports that the cookers have been adapted for Mali and can be constructed with locally available materials and tools, even in remote areas. Mr. Diassana current works for World Vision Mali.
- NEW: May 2017: Training in solar cooking - Mr. Diassana was in Senegal at ITES, the Evangelical Theological Institute of Senegal, involved in training on the CooKit solar cooker including how to make them with local cardboard and how to use them. Fifteen students and 5 institute staffers participated. “We cooked chicken, fish, eggs, rice, and cake,“ Mr. Diassana reports, “Solar cooking has been new and amazing for them.” ITES is located in Thies, the second largest city in Senegal after Dakar, its capitol.
- See Sun for All.