Posted on February 23rd, 2018
Last week, HYT visited Uganda’s prestigious Makerere University whose motto “We Build for the Future”, is an appropriate one. The team had arranged a meeting with Dr Moses Musaazi, legendary pioneer of Technology for Tomorrow, inventor of the award-winning MakaPad and, of course, the interlocking stabilised soil block (ISSB).
Of his many inventions, HYT was here to learn more about Moses’ latest compressed earth innovation. This involves using curved blocks to manufacture energy-saving stoves and latrines.
After building 16 round ISSB tanks last year, HYT is no stranger to the curved block. However, the latest design features a tighter curve, enabling the construction of stoves that can fit inside homes and institutions. According to Dr Musaazi, smoke won’t be a problem, as the stoves are up to 50% more efficient than traditional 3-stone cooking methods.
Dr. Musaazi has already built over 2,000 of these stoves, some within Makerere itself. He recommended we visit Africa Hall, a residence for the university’s female students, whose kitchen staff use the stoves every day.
Here we met Moses, a chef who was happy to tell us about how the stoves have transformed cooking at Africa Hall:
“I really appreciate the two stoves, especially the bigger one. It’s very safe, you can even touch it!”
Unlike some of the kitchen’s older, metal stoves, the ISSB versions insulate the warmth so well that the interior can stay hot all day, without emitting flames or uncomfortable levels of heat.
The stoves have made the kitchen a safer, healthier work environment for Moses and his colleagues. Their ability to retain heat has also reduced firewood consumption, helping to preserve a healthy environment for us all!