UNEP said that the project has helped Constante and his team to find a decent job, build new management skills, and ensure a sustained income to escape the poverty trap. It also helped the community members to clean their environment and generate energy for cooking and boiling water.
"The project is helping very much. It is easy to find ready food. It is cheap," said Tom Mboya, a plumber and resident of Silanga village.
"The community cooker has reduced a lot of trash in the immediate neighborhood of Silanga. This area used to be very dirty. The river was full of rubbish. The community is very happy with the project. Some of them have now a job and an income to support their families," he continued.
Henry Ndede added: "It is community-driven projects, such as this one, that are advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. When the world's environment ministers come to Nairobi for the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in May to deliberate on the environmental dimension of the SDGs, the Community cooker project shall be exhibited as a simple solution to a complex problem."
UNEP added that the Community cooker is one of many projects that were developed to help poor communities around the world to access basic needs such as a meal and hot water.
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