Last updated: 24 May 2016
The Imani Women's Group has been established to benefit the women of Msumarini, Kenya. A driving force for the creation of the group is a woman known as Mama Mercy. Her discussion of the origins of the group can be seen in the accompanying video.
They worked with a local carpenter to construct their solar box cooker. While baking, the women keep moving the box to ensure it faces the sun. On a bright day, they can produce up to 150 cupcakes, which they sell for 10 shillings (10 cents) each, and 30 bigger cakes that go for 200 shillings ($2) each. They earn enough money to help support their families and send their children to school.
More information about the group can be found at: Kenya and the Imani Women's Group
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- January 2016: With a solar oven, Kenyan women bake their way to a better life - Thomson Reuters Foundation