A Khayelitsha company that is determined to improve the quality of life through its products has warmed the hearts of a group of hardworking gogos. MC Afriq Innovations officially handed over eight safe cooking stoves to women at the Khayelitsha Training Centre on Monday. The organisation sells and distributes cooking stoves, reusable sanitary pads as well as nutritional foods. “We have identified that there is a huge problem of unemployment in our communities so we decided to donate these stoves to women that do community work. We identified these ladies and then we taught them about the product and its benefits and they can now sell to earn a living,” said director Mthobeli January. He said that the stoves they sell were especially beneficial for local communities because they were not only safe but cost efficient. The stove costs R460 from the organisation. “The way the stove its designed it is impossible to tip it over by mistake. It uses solar power and special pellets which are cheaper than paraffin and gas. We understand that many homes are struggling financially so these stoves will go a long way. We also sell reusable sanitary pads so that people don’t have to go to the shop to buy repeatedly but can just wash the reusable,” he said. He said that the donation and training was made possible through Dutch organisation Job Realisation South Africa. Patiswa Mpimpilashe from Thambo Village in Gugulethu is one of the recipients and she is sold on the stove. “I have been using this stove for a month now and it has been so efficient I’m starting to recommend it to others. Not only is it fast but it doesn’t have an odour so people won’t have chest problems,”she said.