Gatsibo is a largely rural district in Rwanda where people typically use wood fuel on inefficient three-stone fire to boil their drinking, cleaning and washing water. This process results in the release of greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of wood. This can be avoided if a technology is applied which does not require fuel (like wood or fossil) and supplies the clean water desired by households. The rehabilitation of boreholes helps to prevent carbon emissions through the provision of clean water by removing the need to boil the water to purify it.
While tackling climate change caused by the combustion of unsustainably harvested biomass, the project also reduces pressure on woodlands and wildlife, and diminishes atmospheric pollutants inside people’s homes.