energy-efficient cooking-stoves in India
In India traditionally women are responsible for cooking and house-keeping. For the women in Visakhapatam this is getting harder: On the one hand they have to walk long distances to collect the wood and on the other hand the women inhale a lot of smoke during cooking which harms the respiratory system and the eyes.
Because of this the partner organization LAYA Resource Centre builds 3.750 energy-efficient cook-stoves in 109 villages. These are built with local mud; other materials like biomass can be used, too. Due to this innovation 25% firewood can be saved.
Advantages of the energy-efficient cook-stoves
Because of the decreasing demand for wood, one can observe a reduction in deforestation as less wood is used for cooking and so greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. The construction of the cooking-stoves contributes to less smoke production which supports a healthier living for the women.
Another advantage is the creation of jobs. The women are trained in building and maintaining the cooking-stoves and can offer workshops in construction.
The project saves a total amount of 47.411 t CO2 over the period of ten years. From 2015 to the 31th of December 2017 approximately 14.549 t CO2 were saved.
The partner organization LAYA is a resource center for Adivasis which is the native name for the indigenous population of today’s India. LAYA supports Adivasis in diverse life spheres including in the management of natural resources and also in the measures of improving life conditions. More information to the partner organization is available on their website