The purpose of this biogas project is to build 12,000 biogas digesters in the Bagepalli District with members of the Coolie Sangha, a cooperative of poor farmers. As a result, biogas will replace kerosene and wood for cooking and water heating. Now that the participating households convert the organic waste that was soiling the streets into a sustainable and healthier alternative to their wood and kerosene fueled stoves, searching for firewood has become superfluous, time is saved, and money used for kerosene and doctor visits can be used for alternative purposes.
Indoor smoke and emissions are completely eliminated which results in less respiratory problems and premature deaths. Houses are cleaner and the remaining slurry from the biogas units is a powerful fertiliser. To ensure proper and continued use more than 200 local women have been trained how to service and maintain the units earning them additional income.
Carbon finance is an essential part of this project, helping to pay back the upfront financing from FairClimateFund. Once FairClimateFund has been paid back, individual families can sell the carbon credits on the open market and earn income for an additional 12 years.
Project impacts and benefits:
- 11,633 biogas units built to date.
- 32,000 tCO2 reduced per year.
- Community ownership of the project and the carbon credits.
- Community empowerment. The community manages the project and therefore obtains relevant managerial and technical expertise. This includes the maintenance of the biogas installations, which is done by 284 trained female entrepreneurs that live in the 633 villages of the project.
- Only local materials are used for the production of the biogas installations and only local people are trained to operate the project.
- 240 masons are trained to build the installations.