Last edited: 26 June 2021
We are a network of highly educated and specialised experts on solar cooking, solar food processing, clean cookstoves, clean burning fuels, water purification and waste management. Each member educates local groups and grassroots workers in his/her community.
[Above text from AfriShiners website]
The organization has representatives from Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is administered by Bernhard Müller, from Germany. Bernhard has considerable experience promoting solar cooking and improved combustion stove cooking in Africa. The AfriShiners Workshops are organized under the umbrella of the German development aid organization Lernen - Helfen - Leben e.V..
- NEW: June 2021: AfriShiner's webpage to close, but solar cooking entrepreneurship continues to flourish - Bernhard Müller reports: As it is not necessary to continue with the network, the web page will neither be renewed nor extended. It will be shut down shortly the way it is. The submission of newsletters will continue, though. Bernhard points out that Samuel is running fireless cooker and Integrated Solar Cooking (ISC) workshops in Nairobi continuously. Didacus Pius does a lot in ICS and permaculture in Bumala. Esther Nattabi started her own business producing clean cookstoves and fireless cookers, studying business administration in the university alongside her business activities. Penina processed coconut oil with the appliance of a solar cooker, produces soap and practices - just like Didacus - biochar applications. Antonio did solar cooking events and constructed a perfect and professional looking solar cooker. Millicent, John and Elisha are producing and presenting solar cookers and clean cooking items continuously. All in all, it’s getting better despite the nagging Corona Virus. The Eldoret workshop took place in June 2019. I remember that we baked bread with just using solar box- and panel cookers and the bread turned out to be perfect. At high noon, the sun was just 0.8 degrees off zenith.
- 21-23 March 2019: AfriShiners - The AfriShiners 3rd International Workshop is taking place in Eldoret, Kenya. Unfortunately, registration is full for this event.. More information...
- June 2018: AfriShiners workshop a success in Kampala - The three-day international workshop on clean cooking and food processing included 23 participants, from various countries around the world. This was the second year for the workshop, which was hosted by the Giving Hope Foundation. The event organizer and Lernen - Helfen - Leben e.V. board member was Bernhard Müller. Faustine Odaba led a workshop on fireless cookers. Other activities included a visit to a local solar stove testing facility. Program information, Presentation slides
- November 2017: Bernhard Müller of Lernen - Helfen - Leben e.V. held a 2-day solar cooking workshop at the Korando Education Centre in Kisumu County, Kenya. Topics included the use of solar cookers, heat-retention cooking, thermodynamics, optics, thermoelectrical generators (TEGs), gasifiers, health issues related to traditional cookstoves, the Uridu anti-poverty campaign, and the use of a WAPI. The intra-African coordination for the event was done by Faustine Odaba and the local coordination was done by John Amayo. The solar cookers used in the workshop were Sharon Clausson’s Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light, One Earth Designs' SolSource, a TWR box cooker of 1994, Kenyan made CooKit panel cookers, a LightOven of Hartmut Ehmler, and a funnel cooker designed by Bernhard Müller.
- October 2017: