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In 2009, the Indonesian government imposed a policy of energy conversion from kerosene to LPG, removing a subsidy for kerosene. However, due to poor controls and oversight, there were many cases of gas explosions that caused casualties. As a result, many people in towns and cities returned to cooking with kerosene even though it was expensive. In rural communities kerosene was now too expensive or scarce, and their only choice was to return to using firewood. This creates a double burden for women, who must collect it in the forests and cook with it, exposing themselves to harmful smoke.
We can make the locally manufactured UB.03-1 biomass stove available to women in rural areas of Semarang, East Java. They will save time and money sourcing fuel, as the stoves use much less firewood than cooking on three-stone fires and also burn other forms of biomass such as corn cobs, grass and rice husks. Producing almost no smoke, the stoves will deliver many health benefits to women and their families.
We will connect the stoves with women who are members of cooperatives in Pucung village, Bancak district, Semarang regency, East Java.
Our local partner, PUNDEN, will sell the stoves at market price, allowing payments in instalments over a five-month period. The revenue will go towards membership fees and a savings deposit for the cooperatives, amplifying the women’s economic empowerment.
- Financial contribution by PUNDEN: Rp. 8,513,637.22 (US$936.50)
- Local transport
- Distribution to four remote locations
- Technology training
- Monitoring and technical assistance
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Product - UB.03-1 biomass stove
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