Meet Rosina

Meet Rosina

Project story
01 Jan 2018

Rosina Thabethe lives with her daughter and her family in Sakhile. There is a row of gray identical concrete houses along the unpaved road. The houses were subsidized by the government and built during the time of apartheid. The Thabethe family also lives in such a house. Rosina and her husband moved here years ago. One of her daughters has moved in with her husband and children. Rosina is in charge of the household. “The first thing my husband and I bought when we moved here is this oven,” says Rosina, pointing to the enormous oven that takes up almost a third of the kitchen. This oven runs on coal or wood.

Three years ago, Rosina switched to Basa Magogo. The new technique for lighting the coal oven was demonstrated at Rosina’s home. Three local residents and Rosina watched how they could cleverly change the order of coal, wood and paper. The oven burned much longer and produced significantly less smoke in the small kitchen. That is what Rosina speaks most highly of: she has a more pleasant smoke-free home after the demonstration. Het is plezierig dat ze dankzij Basa Magogo de rookontwikkeling tot een minimum kan beperken. She now also saves a lot on coal. Finally, it is nice to have the oven on during the cold winter months. There is now a lot of heat since Rosina uses the Basa Magogo way.