A stove changed Shardha’s life.
Shardha lives in a one-room house in Kollihatti village in Karnataka. Like most people in the village, she used a traditional 3 stone stove for cooking.
The stove let out dense smoke which made it hard for her to breathe. The walls of her house turned black from the smoke. Shardha became worried about her children’s health. She started asking them to sit outside the house whenever she cooked. This situation made her life difficult but she did not know what could be done.
Her life changed when TIDE arranged for a 'Sarala' stove in her house. She began to cook faster and did not have to worry about smoke any longer. She no longer had to spend time gathering firewood. So she could use that time to gain more money with agriculture and animal husbandry. Her family’s health also improved and they get to spend a lot more time together.
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What the beneficiary gets
Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE) works largely in the area of energy access and biomass-based stoves for cooking and other small rural informal industry applications.
TIDE runs a 'Sarala, stove construction training and donation program to families that use inefficient wood-burning stoves. The program benefits rural people in two ways - by providing income generation for local stove builders who are taught the stove construction and the villages by providing the stoves.
The Sarala stove is a two-pan wood or biomass burning stove and costs less than Rs 1000. It saves about 2 kgs of wood from being cut down every day. Each stove reduces CO2 emissions to the tune of about 1 MT annually. TIDE has worked through different enterprise models depending on the product type, the community for whom stove access has to be enabled, the informal industry cluster and likely income generation.
TIDE has also pioneered a Smokeless village concept where about 80% of the village homes shift to smokeless Sarala stoves.
Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE)
5 October, 2021
Help in building ecofriendly stoves in villages
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Despite the success of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) which focuses on replacing polluting cookstoves with LPG, a significant portion of the target beneficiaries are still hesitant to use LPG or financially unstable to refill the LPG. Realizing this, TIDE took a conscious approach to design and disseminate fuel-efficient traditional biomass-fired cookstoves to villages supported by forest ecosystems. Since 2008, TIDE has disseminated around 45,900 stoves across the country. In 2021, TIDE shortlisted the villages of the Shimoga district based on the need assessment and constructed 19 stoves and 16 stoves to the villages of Davanagere after 2013. From Jan 2021 to June 2021, Sarala stove added four more villages to its coverage. COVID lockdowns were a deterrent but due to good planning and support network through partners, TIDE was able to complete commitments. During this period, 17 families, 74 beneficiaries including 6 stove builders. Impact:1. Reduced fuel consumption resulting in cost savings of about Rs 200 per month as the amount of firewood consumed would be reduced by 40%.2. Reduction in the emission of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere resulting in environmental benefits. 3. Reduced cooking time thereby allowing the women to spend more time with their families.4. Reduced indoor air pollution thus reducing the exposure to respiratory illness of the entire family including children5. As the amount of firewood consumed is reduced the households can save more wood. Therefore, the amount of time spent on foraging for firewood is reduced.
Challenges faced and next steps
Construction was delayed due to lockdown and there were localized restrictions in villages of Hosanagara, Davanagere district due to COVID. We overcame the COVID challenges with the help of a local NGO network and identified alternate locations. Our aim for the next 6 months is to construct 250 stoves and we have identified beneficiaries.
Stories from the ground
Impact story from the ground: Jayalaxmi Shekar is a daily wage worker from Yedachatti village in Hosanagara taluk in Shimoga district, earning less than Rs 300 per day. Her spouse is farm labour with an unreliable income. Their smoky kitchen was a pain but the family could not afford the LPG cylinder.Jayalaxmi was chosen as a beneficiary for the Sarala stove under the Give India program. Thanks to this donation, the family now has a non-smoky kitchen allowing them to spend some quality family time. Jayalaxmi says that the burden on collecting firewood has come down with the stove as fuel requirement is less. It also saves her time.
23 March, 2021
Sarala cook stove changed rural women’s life
TIDE’s one of the successful interventions is the fuel-efficient stoves for rural homes and our stoves result in lesser smoke, better health, and fuel savings leading to smoke-free kitchens in rural areas. We have developed a stove construction training program for rural women thereby integrating livelihoods with improved cook stove program.
Over 2000 women have been trained as stove builders by TIDE who have constructed over 40000 stoves across India. These women are earning a livelihood and providing smokeless kitchens. The program is accredited with National Skill Council Corporation under Improved cook stove installer program, 128 women have received the certification from NSDC during the period April 2017 to till date
In last Quarter (April 2020 to December 2020) TIDE trained women stove builders completed construction of 700 stoves (funds from GIVE INDIA and other Partners) in needy kitchens of Tamilnadu State mainly Satyamangala Tiger reserve areas and In Karnataka stove construction was done Arasikere, Tumkuru, Koppala Districts.
In this period Stove builder women earned cumulative income of Rs.105000/ from stove construction and TIDE trained stove builder women and created awareness on benefits of stoves, stove usage and maintenance in each village, encouraging the rural households to shift traditional stoves to improved cook stoves and save environment.
TIDE is also engaging other Partners mainly WWF, OXFAM, BAIF, CARE INDIA to dissemination of Salala cook stoves in other needy region.
5 August, 2020
Brighter kitchens, healthier women
Brighter kitchens, healthier women
During the last two decades, TIDE has promoted eco-friendly, smokeless Sarala stoves to transition villagers from using traditional stoves. We have, additionally, developed a stove construction training program providing women with sustainable livelihoods apart from healthier cooking solutions. Over 2000 women have been trained as stove builders by TIDE & have constructed over 38,000 stoves across India. The program is accredited with the National Skill Council Corporation under their Improved Cook Stove Installer program. 128 women have been certified under NSDC from April 2018 to till date.In the last quarter stove builders trained by TIDE have constructed 500 stoves in rural kitchens across Tamilnadu and Karnataka.
19 November, 2019
Eco-friendly stoves bringing efficiency in the lives of the villagers