One pilot project was carried out in summer 2013 and a project in Karjat, India will be executed in January 2015.
Where: Rural villages in Mumbai (Karjat, Gawandwadi, Salpe, Kondiwadi, and Kharwandi)
Who: Target women and girls
What: Disseminate 1500 swirlers total
How: The basic strategy adopted was to distribute the TT packs among people, convincing them to take it on a trial basis of 15 days. They were given an option of paying later and returning the TT packs if they were unsatisfied with the performance. Each pack was sold for about US$0.80, which was a generally agreed upon price between villagers. The pilot project was carried out with the following strategy. We anticipate future projects would adopt a similar approach:
Information was spread among people through Mrs. Anita Jadhav, a worker in the NGO Disha Kendra. She has already developed a reputation among the people for her efforts in social development around this region. People were explained the benefits of the TT pack through the use of posters and pamphlets. We also performed live demonstrations to make people comfortable with the use of TT packs and show observable results.
-Dissemination of Swirler Packs for Cookstoves
Key Results: We received 98% acceptance rate from the villagers. For example, out of seven households, four would purchase on the spot and the remaining would accept the trial program.