The smart stove needs less attention and total cooking time is reduced by about 30 minutes per day - as it is mostly women who do the cooking in India, this gives women more time back in their day.

Improved cleanliness is rated highly, women say their skin and hair feels cleaner, and their kitchens and cooking pots need less cleaning. 

Health benefits like fewer sore throats and not getting sore eyes are obvious to the users of the stoves, and their life expectancy is also increased because they are inhaling less smoke. 

Fuel wood is collected in many households, usually by women or girls - the smart stove saves them around two or three hours a week by not having to collect as much. 

Wood costs around US$.08 per kg, meaning a household typically saves around US$90 per year. This is significant since household income is typically only US$1,500 per year in the areas the stove is sold. It means the price of the stove can be recovered in around 14 weeks. 

Quiz Questions

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  • Who does most of the cooking in Indian homes? Watch the film clip at the top of the page and use the information above to find your answers. 
  • The Smart Stove is more efficient than traditional mud stoves. How does this efficiency help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
  • Why is reducing the burning of wood good for the environment?
  • Name two different types of energy we use to cook in the UK.
  • 65% of households in India cook using biomass - give two examples of biomass.
  • Greenway Appliances is run mainly by women - why is this unusual in India?


  • Design a visual graphic to show the key facts
  • Design a poster to advertise the stoves
  • Write a headline and a story about the business being run by women 

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Quiz Answers

  1. Despite rapid economic growth, and a lot of families owning this like televisions and most Indians owning mobile phones, a lot of Indian women still cook with wood or dung. 
  2. By reducing the amount of wood being burnt, meaning less emissions are released, and more trees are left to capture emissions from elsewhere.
  3. It helps reduce deforestation. Trees absorb CO2 and produce oxygen.
  4. Gas and Electricty
  5. Wood and animal dung
  6. Women traditionally look after the home and children in India, with men going out to work. This is changing.