Promoting renewable energy through Bio-gas Units

There are further financial benefits that the tribal people have gained from these units. The project provides each bio-gas unit with 2 cows to provide the source of dung. These animals provide a constant income, by producing milk and calves which can be sold. Bio-gas units produce slurry from the broken down animal dung and even this has a use. Slurry is an excellent fertilizer and helps the tribal people to grow the nutritious food that they need, but haven?t always had access to.

The bio-gas project has had the biggest impact upon tribal women. Collecting firewood, cooking and cleaning are tasks typically conducted by tribal women. Thanks to the bio-gas project women now have much more time to focus on the family and to start enterprises. CTRD has a well-established Self-Help Group project dedicated to empowering women through creating groups of 10 ? 15 women, opening a bank account in their name and allowing them to save. The money they save allows this co-operative to buy the materials to start an enterprise, generating income. The bio-gas units have provided a further opportunity for these micro-credit schemes to flourish.

The wider community has also gained from these bio-gas units in a number of ways. Firstly, the income generated by these schemes has been impressive. Not only do bio-gas units provide income through the sale of dairy products and slurry, they eliminate the need for expenditure on firewood when natural sources are scarce. Since their installation bio-gas units have resulted in a total profit of 734,437 Rs, approximately 14,688 USD, all of which is funneled back into the community, helping to pay for education and healthcare. Secondly, areas of local forest have been safe-guarded. The environment has benefitted hugely from this scheme, with bio-gas units deemed as carbon neutral. An estimated 68,859kg of CO2 emissions have been prevented by swapping from firewood to bio-gas stoves. Thirdly, children are no longer required to stay at home to help collect firewood. As education is another of our passions all schemes that encourage high school attendance rates are welcome!

CTRD has been able to provide bio-gas units to 5 local tribal communities with the help of a stream of invaluable and enthusiastic volunteers. A single unit takes 7 - 10 days to build and the tribal people are encouraged to help with construction. Individuals from the tribe are also trained in the upkeep and repair, a practice which ensures tribal acceptance and ownership of the bio-gas unit. We are committed to ensuring the widespread success of this scheme as its impacts on tribal communities and the environment are proven. If all of this can be produced by 30 bio-gas units, think of what we could do with 300!