Maguette Diop, 30, lives in the community of Diender with her husband, son, and in-laws. She has been an active participant in CREATE! program activities in Diender for the past four years.
Of all of the knowledge she has gained through participating in CREATE! programs, Maguette appreciates her training in improved cookstove construction the most. In addition to saving her time and money, Maguette says, “improved cookstoves have led me to think and act as a guardian of the environment.” She adds, “We are now preserving trees and shrubs that maintain our environment.”
Maguette also praises CREATE!’s other program in Diender. In the past few years, she says, “Our village has greatly advanced economically and we now have secure access to food.”