Paasban / Family Planning Association
For the past 12 years, The Paasban Women's Development Programme has been working on a national strategy to bring women into the mainstream of development to improve their economic and social status.
In 1986, the women introduced smokeless chulhas (stoves). Traditional mud stoves used by the majority of the rural population consumed a great deal of already scarce fuelwood. The project team thus organized a series of 'chulha' workshops to train women to build, repair and maintain chulhas. Fuel consumption has now been reduced by 30 per cent and the women expend less energy gathering wood. Health conditions have also improved as smoke is reduced in communities.