Bachat - Improved Cook Stoves

Enabling Households to Switch from Traditional Cooking Stoves and Fuels to Clean Alternatives

The project attempts to spread awareness around improved cookstove (ICS), empower women groups and sensitise men about the drudgery of traditional cooking, and enable the environment for easy adoption of ICS in two locations of Surat district, Gujarat.

With support from SHELL India, this three-year programme started in 2019 to facilitate the transition of tribal households dependent on traditional cooking practices to clean cooking solutions. The specific goal of the project is to promote the transition of sustainable adoption of 6,000 traditional cookstove dependent households to clean energy options, through a combination of capacity building, collectivisation, market development, and multi-stakeholder engagement actions.

Our Activities

  • Increasing awareness and adoption of ICS or any other clean energy options by women from TCDHs.
  • Empowering women from TCDHs to take an informed decision to transition to ICS and any other alternate clean cooking option.
  • Improving sensitivity and responsiveness of men and key ICS supply chain stakeholders and financial products service providers to cater to the needs of women for appropriate cooking solutions.
  • Enhancing a strong and inclusive ICS value chain (VC).
  • Promoting a market-led and women-centric ICS transition to clean energy advocated for large-scale dissemination and replication.


  • The project has reached 3,000 households directly, with 8 different ICS models.

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Corporate and Registered Office

Module No. 411, 4th Floor, NSIC-MDBP Building
Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi – 110020 (INDIA)