Total loan: $325

Valarpirai Shg - Idaiyanallur Group

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Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, TN, India / Personal Use

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A loan helped to buy a fuel-efficient cookstove.

Valarpirai Shg - Idaiyanallur Group's story

Kavitha (featured borrower) and twelve of her friends hail from Idaiyanallur village of Tanjore District in Tamil Nadu. All of them are working to help supplement their family income. These women, apart from working hard all day long, also need to labour in front of the traditional “chulha” stoves while cooking. These stoves emit a lot of smoke, which is a health hazard for the whole family and especially the women. Also, the families need to spend an average of Rs. 200 for the firewood and additional expenses towards medical needs. So, Kavitha and her friends have approached People’s Action for Transformation (PAT), MicroGraam’s field partner, which promotes fuel-efficient cookstoves as part of their energy initiative. The benefits of the Greenway cookstove are fuel savings, using all solid fuels, minimized emissions of CO and CO2, fast and convenient cooking, and high durability; they are also maintenance-free and smokeless. The stove operates on all solid fuels, such as wood, agro-waste, charcoal, coal, and dry dung, and does not require any refurbishing or recurring cost. In order to buy these cookstoves, Kavitha (holding a board with the SHG group name) and her friends have formed the Valarpirai Self-Help Group and are seeking a group loan of INR 1,400 each, which is repayable in easy installments. Your loan will not only help these women in preventing respiratory diseases, but also help the environment.