Here in brief I would like to share my experiences of 7 months period, regarding introducing efficient stoves in two villages.
Vulnerability and Adaptability to Climate Change Programme is being implemented in
As part of programme a reconnaissance study for understanding the existing stoves was done in these two villages http://e-ruralstoves.blogspot.com/ . It was found that majority of the existing stoves were three stone stoves, which were less efficient and release large quantity of smoke. To find a solution this problem the author established Rural Energy Lab and developed “Good Stove” http://e-goodstove.blogspot.com/ a prototype, based on Larry Winiarsky’s principles of designing efficient stoves, and conducted community level workshops for demonstration of Good Stove models, in these two villages. Although several other efficient stove prototypes were developed, only this particular model was adapted by community for the reasons mentioned in poster 2 and below. Intensive awareness on the need to adopt efficient stoves was created through local folk plays, wall writings and paintings.
Once community started understanding, on pilot basis seven households in each village were selected and on demand basis the Good Stoves were constructed, replacing the old stoves. In the process it was found that women who were ready for adopting the Good stoves were literate and were young and middle aged. Other problems, which they were facing was shortage of fuelwood (especially in
This experience shows that however efficient our technology could be, but for sustainable implementation of the community level interventions, the participatory technology development processes are necessary.
The focus should be on the Community adaptability rather then Community adoptability.
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