A loan of $250 helped a member to buy a smokeless stove.

Thamarai Self Help Group - Kovanur's story

Shanthi is from Kovanur village in Tamil Nadu. She is married and has three children. Her husband is a farmer. She has a firewood conventional stove in her kitchen that produces a lot of carbon dioxide. As a remedy for this situation, she intends to take a loan to buy a smokeless stove in her kitchen.
Shanthi, along with nine other members who formed “Thamarai” Self Help Group, is requesting a loan to buy a smokeless stove. Shanthi is the featured borrower of this group.

These stoves are better than traditional stoves, as they cook faster and emit less smoke. The traditional stove emits a lot of smoke containing carbon dioxide, which affects both her and her children’s health with diseases like tract infection, lung diseases, and asthma. The smokeless stove is lightweight, produces less smoke and uses 65% less fuel than traditional stoves. They all hope to have a healthier life with this stove.

In this group: Shanthi, Santhanalakshmi, Selvanayaki, Ambika, Mahalakshmi, Rooba, Ramya, Jayalakshmi, Usharani, Manimekhalai

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