Energy efficient equipment for vulnerable families

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Янв 23 2018

Twenty more vulnerable families (about 120 persons in total) from the mountainous villages of Nisur and Ruhch in the Bartang valley (Pamir) received energy efficient equipment that will help to improve their quality of life and reduce the pressure on limited natural resources in the upstream of the Bartang river.

In the first half of January, the sets of equipment were handed over to 20 women participating in the project "Pure Energy and Women on the Roof of the World" implemented by the environmental organization The Little Earth with support from the US Forest Service. Every set includes an energy efficient cooking stove, a solar parabolic cooker, a portable solar lantern and a pressure cooker.

The provided devices are affordable, reliable and user-friendly. Thus, the solar cooker can be used on clear sunny days to cook meals and boil water. It saves firewood and produces no smoke. The portable lantern works from solar energy. It can be used both inside as a desk lamp and outside as a handheld source of light. With its two USB ports it can be used for charging cellphones and other gadgets. The energy efficient cooking stove is designed for five years of useful life. Apart from reducing fuel consumption and emissions of noxious gases it is way safer than traditional stoves. The pressure cookers help reduce the time spent to cook meals which means that less fuels in burnt in the process.

"The equipment that we distribute under the project will alleviate the hard daily life of the women. It is the women that are primarily affected by energy problems. Women have to give birth in the dark, work away in sooty kitchens and face risks while collecting firewood in the mountains. Introduction of alternative energy sources and energy saving practices has a direct linkage to poverty reduction and improvement of social and environmental conditions" - says Timur Idrisov, senior adviser of the Little Earth.

According to Oyandasoz (local partner of the Little Earth in the Bartang valley), the women and their family members have already started to use some of the distributed equipment in their everyday life. The most popular in the cold winter season turned out to be the pressure cookers and portable solar lanterns. Their new owner utilize them on a daily basis while saving the solar cookers and energy efficient stoves until warmer weather sets in.

The project participants point out that the pressure cookers have helped to halve the time they spend cooking meals and greatly reduced consumption of firewood. Many villagers use them both for cooking meals and boiling water.

"Now when it gets dark, one can see lighted windows in some of the houses or bobbing lights in the street when the lantern owners venture outside. Children can now read and do their homework in the evenings. We use the lanterns to go outside in the dark to check on the cattle or visit with the neighbors. Life has become easier and more fun with those self-contained sources of light" - says Sohibjamol Shikorieva, a project participant from Ruhch village.

Background information: The villages of Ruhch and Nisur are located at the elevation of over 2,500 meters above the sea level in the upstream section of the Bartang valley. Both the villages have no access to electricity supply. Most residents of the two villages are poor and live off the land through subsistence farming. They use wood, shrubbery and dried animal manure to heat their houses and cook meals. This results in destruction of vegetation causing increased land degradation and more frequent natural disasters. Today, many of the villagers already face difficulties finding enough firewood or biomass for their daily needs.

Timur Idrisov, Environmental organization 'The Little Earth'