Ongoing Pilot Projects in Nepal
The only way to understand how Nepalis use the Ganesha stove is to put them into the hands of villagers across the country, and then study the impacts. We worked together with six NGO partners to initiate pilot projects in 8 different villages. Distribution of stoves began in April 2018, and evaluation of these projects will begin in June 2018.
The first delivery of stoves occurred when PACT Nepal distributed 50 Ganesha stoves in the remote village of Rasnalu in Ramechhap district, Nepal. This village is primarily Sunuwar, a marginalized group in Nepal that cooks almost exclusively with firewood.
Centre for Rural Technology distributed 10 stoves to the remote Dhunkharka, Nepal in May 2018. This is an Eco-Village Development project, where users will be interviewed periodically to see how well they liked their stoves, how much they used them, and the kinds and level of impact. Each user had to pay their local municipality NRs 500 (about US$5) for the stove, and they can return the stove if they don't like it.