Gender equality and social inclusiveness

June 12, 2017

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Gender equality and social inclusiveness

About the Implementing organization

Name: SKG SANGHA

Country: India

Year of establishment: 1993

Type of organization:  Legally recognized non-profit status

Description

All installations are contracted to the women in the family, giving them the property rights to what is likely to be a good source of income and added value to the family. Solution #3 in its aspects incorporates earlier solutions 1 and 2 as well. The dependence of rural women on scarcely available firewood heightens the drudgery of searching and collecting fuel wood. With the biogas initiative, rural women have a bankable and clean energy source for cooking which in turn alleviates the quality of their life. Furthermore, we have installed vermicompost units in some of our project areas. Women earn an additional income by the sale of the vermicompost.

All beneficiaries including the womenfolk are trained in the various aspects of feeding of the digester, vermicomposting and the use of the biogas stove. They are also made aware of complex issues of global warming and its effects on agriculture and overall well-being.

Nature Element

Forests

Type of Action

Restoration / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Health / Renewable energy / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

      

Environmental Impacts

The beneficiaries of the initiative are farmers who have been trained in application of slurry to soil. The treated slurry from the digesters has been widely used as manure which will lead to long term conditioning of the soil, yielding better produce for the farmer beneficiaries, and reduced use of fertilizers.

Use of firewood has drastically reduced in the project areas providing not only a clean fuel source for cooking but also playing a major role in conserving the forests.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The solution presented encompasses the creation of employment including labour hired, masons, supervisors in the areas where the units have been installed, thereby alleviating the standard of living both for the beneficiaries and the workers.

By providing rural women clean and safe means to cook, the beneficiaries have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet dietary needs. Conditioning of the soil with the treated slurry also yields better and heathier crops.

Access to clean and sustainable energy and self-sufficiency in energy and fuel use is promoted through the Solution #2.

Scalability

Over the years we have improved with modifications the quality and working of the biodigesters. After having adopted the best technology we have been scaling and expanding to various States within India and other countries as well. The initiative is easily scale-able to the countries of the undeveloped and developing world at a national scale. Our network of professionals and field agents in all our project areas are suitably trained to carry the work forward.

Replicability

The initiative can be comfortably replicated in other parts of the country and the world. In the absence of a robust carbon market, we have relied on funding from other agencies and succeeded. Garnering economic support for sustainable development projects such as these, especially in underdeveloped and developing nations, does not pose a problem.

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