What triggered it
In rural Odisha, cooking is done in a rather traditional way most of the time, on so-called chula’s. A chula is a self-made cooking hole in the ground. Chula’s are fired with anything at hand: leaves, twigs, dung, wood. This, plus the large amount of spices used, is enormously harmful for the eyes and bronchia of women. How can this be changed?
What did we do
With two groups of young people (group 1: Explorers, and group 2: Deliverers) we gained insight studied in the local relationships between cooking, culture, technique, etcetera, and mapped the possibilities for applying sustainable energy The Explorers observed and analysed the situation, and came forward with several proposals for improvement. DHARA has implemented these poposals in collaboration with villagers. After half a year, the Deliverers checked to what extent the different new chula’s are effective, and discussed this with the villagers concerned.
What was the result
The villagers who took part in this action have gained more insight in the possibilities at hand to improve their way of cooking. New chula’s were installed, and the villagers want to set up sort of a platform in order to exchange these, and similar, experiments and experiences.
This journey was made possible by the European Union, which took care of a considerable part of the costs. Besidesm the participants have taken care of sponsoring, to make sure that the planned actions in Odisha could really be implemented.