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Improve lives of women and children in remote tribal regions with energy efficient, fuel-saving cookstoves that reduce harmful emissions without changing their cooking habits.
Women and children in remote and backward tribal regions use inefficient and polluting traditional stoves, exposing them to excessive smoke and harmful gases. This not only causes chronic respiratory diseases, but is also responsible for a large number of infant deaths due to everyday exposure to indoor air pollution.
Energy efficient stoves enhance combustion efficiency by automatically pulling in air to maintain optimum air-fuel ratio without the need of blowing air manually, ensuring that the cookstove burns the fuel efficiently and cleanly. This not only ensures complete combustion, but also reduces CO and particulate matter emission, thereby substantially reducing the threat of respiratory diseases in women and children
800-1000 people belonging to 200 households (Average family size in the target region is 4 to 5) in Raigad district of Konkan region in Maharashtra
The beneficiaries are poor, landless, and illiterate tribal families that depend on agricultural activities such as ploughing, leveling, and weeding or on fishing and selling of forest produce for a living. Their approximate yearly incomes are about $300/household and are indebted to money lenders for decades.
The beneficiaries will be selected through direct interaction during village meetings and workshops with the help of the Self Help Groups (SHG women) members in the target tribal villages.
End-users will pay about $2 for each stove (assuming US$1 = INR 50). We have set this as the locally appropriate price because the male agriculture laborers earn $2.4 per day while women earn $2, and both are employed for 75 days at the most in a year. The money will be collected over 2-3 months in installments of $1 each. Based on the interactions and meetings with the people, a final price close to $2 would be settled for.
The product will be distributed by engaging SHG after demonstrations done at village level meetings. The target will be 2 villages (Amba Valley cluster and Vavoshi Shedashi cluster), where about 12-14 SHGs, all belonging to BPL (Below Poverty Line as defined by local government and Gram Panchayat/PRI) will be involved in the activity.
Self-Help Groups consist of 10-12 women and take up the responsibility of demonstration, distribution, and financial dealings with beneficiaries. They have the ability to positively influence the local population and maintain strong credit history with lenders.
|Product||Cost of the technology||20||200||4,000|
|Wire transfer fee||45||2||90|
|Clearance and local duty||0.5||200||100|
|Paypal/other payment processing fee||3.3% average based on the average size of project and average donation amount||3.30%||163|
|Kopernik 10%||In order to cover due diligence cost that Kopernik conducts||495|
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies shipped for this project.
Financial contribution: NIL
Non-financial contribution: Rural Communes will provide the necessary manpower for identification of beneficiaries, capacity building through demo sessions and awareness talk during village meetings