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Advanced biomass cookstoves

Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE) have developed an advanced biomass cookstove using rocket combustion that allows low calorific agro-residues to be used as a fuel source.  The grant is for a pilot to test the concept stove with rural customers using innovative payment systems and community engagement.

Household lighting, Manipur & Meghalaya

An extension of the previous risk underwriting project, this time in North East India.  For tribal communities in Manipur and Meghalaya, this project not only represents their first electricity through the installation of solar home systems, but also their first experience of bank accounts.  The grant is providing risk underwriting to allow a local rural bank to give loans to 550 households who have no credit history, to enable this very rural community to introduce electricity to their homes and provide power for micro-enterprises to enhance their livelihood opportunities.

Solar Sahelis and Pay-As-You-Go Solar

In rural Rajasthan, women are being trained to help households gain access to clean energy solutions through an initiative called Solar Sahelis. These Solar Sahelis are keen on bringing solar home systems to their villages, through a loan and technology solution. The grant is providing the opportunity to train Solar Sahelis to educate, assess demand, and help install solar systems with a lending model that will test Pay-As-You-Go as the assistance for financing risks. The grant will train 20 Solar Sahelis who will target 100 households to gain access to home systems and collect 100% repayment in a year. The Sahelis are located in the poorest district of Rajasthan, Dholpur, so are also helping households to enable electricity to their homes, and provide an ability for women to earn income through energy access.

Household lighting, Odisha

For this tribal community in the Kalahandi district of Odisha, this project not only represents their first electricity through the installation of solar home systems, but also their first experience of bank accounts.  The grant is providing risk underwriting to allow a local rural bank to give loans to 500 households who have no credit history, to enable this very rural community to introduce electricity to their homes and provide power for micro-enterprises such as sewing machines to enhance their livelihood opportunities.