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Switch Asia – Evolving a women centred model of extension of Improved Cook Stoves

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Switch Asia – Evolving a women centred model of extension of Improved Cook Stoves

Around 500,000 women in India lose their lives every year due to the pollution caused by traditional cookstoves or chulhas. On the other hand, women who cook on chulhas are completely oblivious of the ill effects of these stoves. The indoor air pollution caused by chulhas primarily affect the women who cook and the children who stay indoors. Access to clean and sustainable sources of energy is a long-term dream for many Indians, especially women.

CARE India, with the support of the European Commission, has been working with the tribal communities of Chhattisgarh and Odisha, towards creating awareness, affordability, access and availability of Improved Cookstoves (ICS). ICS emit less smoke and is fitted with a chimney. This brings relief to the suffering women and children and saves them from the daily intake of smoke. The project beneficiaries not only include women and children, but also the men from these communities.

The project uses a combination of approaches such as value chain development, capability enhancement of women from marginalised households and influencing men as key value chain actors are being adopted to generate demand for ICS. For more information visit: https://www.careindia.org/

We need your support to save the lives of these women and children from dying a slow death. Please visit our website or write to us at donors@careindia.org and donate now.