SG Foundation, Keonjhar, Odisha
Established in 2005, Saunta Gaunta Foundation (SGF) works among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG’s) in order to bring them into mainstream society through livelihood, capacity building and clean energy projects in Odisha. SGF is working on clean energy access through solar lighting provisions and clean cooking solutions in collaboration with TERI New Delhi and Nexleaf Analytics, California on Sensor-Enabled Climate Financing (SCF) to reward woman households with payments for mitigating CO2 and black carbon emissions by using ICS.
Adoption / Behavior Change, Capacity Building, Carbon Finance, Health, Monitoring and Evaluation
Technologies & Fuels
Crop residues, Wood
Clean Cooking Activities
The project SG Foundati has been implementing promotes wireless sensor based technology to monitor the use of Improves Cook Stoves (ICS) to track household level usage, emissions and firewood usage. Women households are paid climate credits according to their sustained usage of ICS. The program started during DFID project in the year 2013 as part of Carbon Credit Pilot Project (C2P2) between Nexleaf and TERI where SG Foundation was the implementing partner for TERI. By January 2016, the model successfully enabled 4,000 homes in 29 villages in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh to switch to clean cooking. households have cut their emissions of CO2 equivalent by more than 421 tons. The StoveTrace platform has logged over 142,000 cooking hours, enabling over $1500 of payments to be made directly to women.
SG Foundation in collaboration with Nexleaf developed this model for an effective clean energy management program in the Cookstove sector involving varied partners and individuals responsible for an effective and responsive clean energy program.
At present, we have a robust feedback mechanism with technicians, a network of Energy Entrepreneurs (EE) as implementers, wireless sensing team and financial institutions interacting in a real time basis for the benefit of the poor rural women who is making a choice for clean cooking.The innovative entrepreneurial model addresses several major barriers to adoption, especially the prohibitively high cost of the cleanest cookstoves, by motivating behaviour change and enabling after-sales services. It also aims to train rural women as Energy Entrepreneurs to take up after sales service in their area. SGF has employed local women energy entrepreneurs to sell and service clean cookstoves. They provide after-sales support and maintenance services to the users.
Women Self Help Groups (SHG’s) are promoting the idea of clean cooking to nearby villages. Therefore the project has led to economic empowerment and increased financial inclusion of tribal women. SGF neds suport on scaling up the project to Eastern India.
Regions Operating In
Country Based In
Plot No. N2-70, IRC Village , SG Foundation
Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751015
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Mr. Ajay Sharma
Title: Project Lead
Secondary Point of Contact
Name: Mr. Biswaprakash Bhattacharya
Phone: 9437023082Request an Edit to This Profile