india – bachat project

india – bachat project

Bachat in Hindi translates to "savings" and refers to saving fuel, money and time, as well as saving the environment and saving lives. The Bachat program achieves improvements in the areas of health, environment and economy, but also builds climate resilience of the rural population and strengthens female leadership in SHE schools.

With a population of 1.3 billion and growing, India will become the world’s most populous country in the next decade. In India, a large part of the rural population still cooks on an open fire. Wood burning is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and air pollution. This practice not only has adverse effects on the climate, but also on people’s health.

In India alone, more than a million people, including an estimated 100,000 children, die every year due to indoor air pollution. India is also one of the countries most affected by the effects of climate change. Changing weather patterns, flooding and extreme drought pose major challenges to India’s rural population, who largely depend on small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods.

Since 2016, Care India has been committed to providing Improved cookstoves to families in Kalahandi and Kandhamal districts (Odisha). These are tribal communities that depend on small-scale agriculture and the nearby forest for their livelihood. Since 2021, FairClimateFund has partnered with Care India to ensure the financial sustainability of the program and make the technology more affordable through CO2 registration.

Project detail





Total impact of the project


x thousand households with access to improved cooking solutions


with 9000 female members


x thousand tonnes of CO2 reduced annually

The project in detail

The project will come into direct contact with 9,000 women. These 9,000 women will become members of 450 SHE Schools. Each of the SHE members is introduced to the benefits of clean cooking. The SHE School will cover topics such as clean energy and fuel types and efficiency.

The cookstoves are 100% pre-financed with CO2 financing. They are available to members at an 80% discount on the original price. A 20% contribution is collected from SHE members and deposited into the Fairtrade CO2 cooperative’s bank account. The SHE members, who are also members of this cooperative, determine how this money will be used.

The BACHAT program has received funding from the EU through the SWITCH Asia II program until 2020. CO2 registration should make the program self-sufficient in the long term. The Fairtrade Climate Standard ensures that the beneficiaries are organized in a Fairtrade Carbon certified cooperative that will own these credits. The income from carbon credits is used to pay for the use and maintenance of the installations and to support farmers financially and through training to survive in a changing climate. Excess revenue above program costs and product subsidies goes directly to the cooperative.

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