The primary group of beneficiaries are refugees from different central and East African countries, such as South Sudan and the Republic of Congo. These families had to flee their home countries because of wars and currently live in the many refugee camps close to the borders in the West and North of Uganda.
This group of beneficiaries are locals who live next to the refugee settlements. They are vulnerable groups of Ugandan society with low income. PESITHO also employs members of the host community in the local production facility in Lokopio next to the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement.
PESITHO has partnered up with the Organization CIDI to facilitate financing ECOCA cookstoves for members of a local Ugandan Coffee Cooperative. These farmers including young entrepreneurs, disabled people, and single parent households were able to buy ECOCA solar cookstoves for their families through subsidized prices and payment schemes.
As of latest, PESITHO has been awarded the Journey 2 Scale grant, issued by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund and Elrha.
The financial support will be used to realize a set of goals that we set for our local production facilities and retailer network in Uganda, which we are working on to expand in collaboration with our partner MercyCorps.
PESITHO supports the initiatives by Gorilla Habitat to preserve the endangered Mountain Gorilla in the Virunga Mountains in Uganda.
Our engagement in the project consists of both supporting local communities to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle through access to clean cooking facilities, as well as preserving the endangered gorilla species through prevention of deforestation for fire-wood supply.