Ahmedabad-based Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) will provide energy-efficient cooking stoves and solar lanterns to more than two lakh people in the state. The exercise is part of a World Bank initiative.
The move will cut down on costs, improve the health, reduce the dependence on the conventional sources of energy and give more flexibility to women at work, said a SEWA official. Most women use traditional stove known as ‘chulha’ suffer from headache, breathing & skin problems.
The Hariyali project will provide green livelihoods to poor rural women members of SEWA. The project will be replicated in South Asia and other parts of Asia as well as Africa. SEWA currently has 13 lakh members across nine states.
Each stove and solar lantern will cost Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,000.