Community based Cookstoves in India

  • 1. No Poverty
  • 7. Affordable Clean Energy
  • 8. Work + Economic Growth
  • 13. Climate Action

This project is based in Deodurg, a biomass deficient and drought prone district in Karnataka, India. It replaces inefficient traditional cookstoves in 21,500 households with the efficient fuel wood single pan “Chulika” cookstove. In the area households generally cannot afford clean cookstoves and are dependent on gathering firewood. The Chulika saves fuel wood by 67.5% and has a thermal efficiency of 30.8%. By reducing fuel wood consumption, the project reduces greenhouse gas emissions stemming from the use of non-renewable biomass. Less time is needed for gathering wood and cooking, which provides additional time for other activities that generate income. This project also leads to a reduction of indoor smoke, which results in less respiratory problems and premature deaths in the villages. For women who spend long hours travelling long distances to collect fuel wood this project reduces drudgery.

Our projects are set up exclusively with local partners who need to be either a community based organization or a membership cooperative. The goal is that they manage the clean cooking intervention and the carbon development cycle on their own. The ownership of the clean cooking device and carbon credits lies with the users. Instead of investing at the factory owner level we invest in the community by providing them with extensive education and capacity building in the BoP clean cooking sector. We provide access to finance and they provide their households with access to affordable clean energy.

Project impacts and benefits:

  • 36102 stoves distributed to date.
  • The Chulika saves fuel wood by 67.5% and has a thermal efficiency of 30.8%.
  • 40 full time jobs created for the local community.
  • Chulika is ranked as the most preferred ICS among women in Bihar, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradehs, India.[1]
  • Community ownership of the project and the carbon credits.
  • Community empowerment. The community manages the project and therefore obtains relevant managerial and technical expertise. Also additional activities are set up such as climate awareness workshops, tree planting, non-pesticide farming.
  • The Chulika was designed and built locally by an NGO partner of the community. Handicapped people from the village are employed here to assemble the stoves.
  • Only local materials are used to produce the Chulika.
  • 980 Climate change awareness trainings have been given to 17832 end users
  • More than 400 other trainings on climate change, cookstove adaptation and use, tree planting haven been given to over 12.000 people


“We have three acres of irrigated land on which we are dependent. We got the Chulikas from JSMBT and we use it every day. We can save a lot of trees by using the Chulika. Compared to traditional stoves, we can use 40% less firewood. And there is less smoke and our eyes do not burn. It is easy to cook on Chulika.”
MUNIRABEGHUM, The Pandyan village