Friends of the Old

Friends of the Old (FOTO) works in Kisumu, in the Lower Nyakach region of western Kenya, an area with a population of 69,000, where 60% of the residents live in severe poverty. Their main source of household energy is firewood, which is becoming more scarce every year. Starting in 2012, Solar Cookers International is funding Safe Water Packages to be distributed to FOTO beneficiaries. Their primary focus is helping economically disempowered senior citizens who take care of their orphaned grandchildren. A Safe Water Package includes a CooKit, a supply of heat-resistant plastic bags, a cooking pot, a clay pot for safe water storage, a fuel-efficient wood stove and a retained-heat cooking basket. FOTO wants to provide elderly community members with a way to have safe drinking water, while also reducing the burden of gathering firewood and the dangerous exposure of women and children to cooking smoke. FOTO monitors the progress of its projects through home visits and monthly and quarterly management meetings. Nearly 84% of beneficiaries continue to use the integrated cooking devices two months after distribution. Ms. Dinah Chienjo is FOTO's Director.

Related Resources


• Safe Water Package Distribution and Demonstration • Solar Cooking and Safe Water Training • Safe Water Testing and Pasteurization

Additional information

In March 2014, FOTO's Director Dinah Chienjo participated in the NGO Commission on the Status of Women Conference at the United Nations in New York, to showcase FOTO's work with solar cookers and emphasize evidence-based water testing to encourage women in similar communities to adopt this invaluable technology.

Cross-cutting issues

health, gender, environment, poverty, education


  • Kenya>Kisumu


  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene
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