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Energy

ENERGY projects

Everyone eats food, but almost always it is women who cook it. Cooking is usually a time-consuming, laborious and dangerous business. Collecting fuel- wood, plants etc. involves carrying back-breaking loads many hours a day, mostly for cooking, which takes up 85 percent of the energy burned in rural homes. It also contributes to deforestation. The toxic smoke from lit fires, contains a cocktail of deadly chemicals, builds up in usually poorly ventilated dwellings, causing cancer as well as respiratory and eye diseases.



Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Energy Development

This project has designed and implemented designs for large Eco-Stove Systems, using improved technology (increasing efficiency up to 50-60 percent), for cooking at institutional scale at Primary Schools (meals for up to 300 children); and Eco-Stove Systems for single female headed house-holds. In addition, the project has established women managed Local Economic activities using agriculture waste to manufacture high density, energy concentrated fuel briquettes. The projects were designed with respect and inclusion of local knowledge, learning from expertise of local community and their technology, using recycled materials.