October 2017

Cooking up a revolution in rural kitchens

Tata Trusts’ clean cooking project transforms the lives of the Ramajor family in rural Uttar Pradesh by providing an efficient energy alternative to make meals

The kitchen becomes a healthy place for women of the Ramajor family after they start using induction stoves as part of a Tata Trusts' initiative

Kitchens in rural India have been using mud stoves to cook for the family’s needs since ages. Things are no different in rural Uttar Pradesh where mud stoves are used extensively. Women in households face numerous problems — from inhaling huge amounts of smoke while cooking, to blackening of the kitchen walls.

An issue of safety

Ramajor and his family reside in Pureraghuvir village in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur district. Like many families around his, the kitchen ran on a mud stove. The small, dark kitchen was in a bad shape, with black soot covering the walls and the heat making it difficult to work in the kitchen. The pollutants from the stove led to eye problems for the family members. They never imagined that a simple and affordable solution would come to their doorstep and rid them of the problems they faced.

Benefitting from technology

Tata Trusts in association with Dharma Life introduced Ramajor to a cleaner cooking technology. Ramajor purchased an induction cooking unit to replace the polluting mud stove. The induction stove is light, easy to use and easy to clean. The women in the household are only too happy with the induction unit that allows them to cook faster and saves time. They have more time to pay attention to their children and track their academic progress.

A clean solution

Ramajor and his family are also aware of the safety features of the induction cooktop. They had experienced several hazardous incidents while cooking on the traditional open fire mud stove. The family has now completely switched over to LPG cylinders and induction stoves for cooking, totally doing away with the mud stove. As their house did not have many ventilation points, it is a relief for them to see their kitchen smoke-free now. The induction cooktop has proved to be a blessing for the Ramjor family and they are free from dirty walls, black utensils and dangerous emissions.

“After we changed our cooking habits, we have more time with each other and are able to breathe easy inside our home,” says Ramajor.