The Zeitz Foundation has collaborated with social enterprise organisation Natural Balance in the production of the Wonderbag in an exciting pilot project aimed at addressing deforestation, climate change, poverty reduction, health and nutritional issues.
The project has engaged a local women’s group to make and demonstrate the use of the Wonderbag, a non-electric heat-retention cooker developed by Natural Balance in 2008, which allows food that has been brought to the boil to continue to cook for hours after it has been removed from its fuel source.
Since December 2012 the women's group and a foundation’s staff member have been busy demonstrating the Wonderbag at local schools and community meetings in the Segera area and throughout Laikipia County through the Laikipia Unity Programme (LUP). Monitoring is ongoing to determine demand and the scale of production of additional Wonderbags.
This potentially ground breaking but simple technology allows people to reduce cooking time by up to several hours, reducing firewood and charcoal consumption, improving nutrition and saving hours of time each day for women to engage in other activities.
An inspiring innovation, the Wonderbag addresses the social, economic and environmental challenges facing developing communities and is poised to tackle such enormous issues as climate change, poverty, health problems and natural resource scarcity.