About chulha partners and co-creators
Chulha stories touch upon some of the organizations and individuals who have been instrumental in shaping the Low Smoke Chulha as we see it today, and have been key players in taking the Chulha solution to various communities in India and elsewhere.
Development Partners - ARTI, India
ARTI (Appropriate Rural Technology Institute) was the initial development partner the Chulha was developed with. There were 3 stove iterations made and the stoves were installed and tested in 3 test villages. ARTI has it’s own development center and was an active partner in organizing the stove co-creation sessions with end users.
Implementation Partners - Junglescapes, India
Junglescapes is a very active NGO, working in the Bandipur region in Karnataka, India. Junglescapes has been instrumental in bringing and disseminating the Chulha solution to this region. The team has been responsible for identifying and enabling stove-makers as well as organizing finance for buyers.
Junglescapes has also been involved in helping set-up and conduct an impact study for the stove. Currently the organization is involved in a self initiated project to study the actual fuel savings made by using the Chulha.
Contextual Adaption - Alfan, Kenya
In Kenya, Alfan a construction worker was "given" a mold set by the Dutch NGO Lakeland Foundation. Three days later he was ready with an assembled Chulha. A month down the line, Alfan had made about 60 Chulhas. Post this, Praveen from Philips Design visited Kenya to study the local food and cooking habits. Based on that he made some attachments to make the Chulha fit the local context better.
Today, Alfan can produce, transport, install a chulha (it’s called a Jiko in kenya) for 20 euro’s. Part of it is sponsored by the NGO 50%, 25% is paid via a microcredit and 25% is paid on delivery.
Contextual Adaption - Peru
An experiment conducted independently by an NGO in Peru, the alternate stove design is based on the 2D and 3D drawings available in the Chulha start-up kit. The stove material is ceramic and the design has been adapted to the use of this material.
They now have 10 stoves installed for testing, success in which will give stove users even more options to choose from!
Contextual Adaption - Laos
In Laos the first Chulha installed had a lot of problems. Extensive investigation into this established that the inner diameter of the sheet metal chimney was 10 cm which was too much to produce an efficient draft (inner diameter of the chimneys used in India is 7-8 cm).
The implementers in Laos had an unusual request. They wanted to capture and redirect the smoke from the Chulha to their granary to make it free of insects. While the Low Smoke Chulha is not designed for this kind of application, this could be an area for innovation for a future developer or entrepreneur.
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