NNS Woodstoves Project

NNS, Almora

Nav Nirman Samiti is a small group of dedicated social workers who have undertaken various NABARD and State Government projects touching 192 villages of Almora district, Uttarakhand. We focus on improving the quality of lives of women and protect their natural resources in the Himalayas. Good relations with communities plus innovative ideas will make us succeed.

NNS joined FCN in 2013. After several meetings, skill and conceptual training sessions, we undertook a comprehensive energy usage household survey of thousands of families we work with. The FCN Tech Team used this information to prepare a PDD and, in coalition with SUVIDHA and Sanjeevani, we registered a Gold Standard Project. One of the components of this Climate Project was to supply 2 fuel efficient woodstoves to each of 5,000 women NNS works with. We held village meetings and made every single End User woman understand that this was a business transaction. By using her Woodstoves, she would cut her fuel wood usage by half and generate Carbon Offsets, with which she will repay the Carbon Investor. After this, we visited an FCN Member NGO in Rajasthan to get a practical understanding on project implementation.

The FCN Convenor and Facilitator visited our villages in May 2017, and declared that FCN would mobilise ₹ 1 crore to assist 2,800 "business women" in Almora and Nainital districts. Integra Microsystems, a Bangalore based IT company, and founding member of the Fair Climate Network, agreed to themselves forward purchase GS VERs to offset their company emissions, and also set up a Crowdfunding platform to involve more software companies.

With a bridging loan provided by FCN, we started this project by distributing 1,000 Greenway Stoves to 500 End User women in 7 villages in June 2018. In each village, the women have selected a Monitor who will make household visits and strictly monitor usage. On 11 July 2017 an ERPA was signed with Integra Microsystems.

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