South West London-based Kitchen Revolutions, which offers a kitchen design and installation service and is a supplier of Rotpunkt kitchens, has been able to help a village in Benin, West Africa by buying a boat. Now entirely self-sufficient, the village residents can use the vessel to go fishing and help supplement the rice, which is used for school lunch and dinners.
Agnes Zmijewska, MD at Kitchen Revolutions, said: “We are so proud that with one small change, we have had such a massive impact among the local villagers in Benin. As a first-world country, I believe we have a responsibility to offer support to the most vulnerable regions around the world and so providing a fishing boat, is just one example of how we’ve been able to deliver greater food security and self-reliance in West Africa.”
Matt Phillips, head of UK operations at Rotpunkt, said: “Our avoid-reduce-compensate approach is inherent to all we do at Rotpunkt, which is why we absolutely love seeing the efforts of our retailers and the impact they’re having across the globe – massive props to Kitchen Revolutions! Like them, we are also involved in a series of sustainability projects in partnership with MyClimate.org, where Rotpunkt supports hundreds of families in Kenya with efficient cookers. Currently, 849 Kenyans are already benefiting from better indoor air quality and more leisure time thanks to less time spent collecting firewood. In addition, these activities have preserved a forest area of 5.25 ha (equivalent to the size of 50 football fields) as a natural CO² reservoir!”