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Moving beyond Fire: Simmering story of e-cooking in rural Nepal

Almost all families in Temal, a village located 60km east of the capital city Kathmandu, used firewood as primary cooking fuel. The electricity consumption was mostly limited to lighting, charging mobile phones, and watching television.

Manju Tamang, 24 is one of the early adopters of an induction cookstove in Temal. She lives with her two children and husband in a temporary shelter constructed after their house had collapsed in the devastating earthquake of 2015. She happily expressed one of the benefits of using an induction cookstove which is faster than using a biomass stove. “I am able to invest the time saved in other household chores as well as devote my free time in a saving and credit group, where the members meet regularly at least twice a month. I use this platform to discuss and share my experiences on the benefits of using the induction cookstove and encourage others to use it too.”

Similarly, in the nearby town Bhakundebeshi, 14.5 km away from Temal where Yamu Lama, 34, runs a small tea shop. For the past two years, he has been using induction cookstoves. With a joyful smile, he highlights one of the major benefits “After using induction cookstove, the use of LPG for cooking has decreased and I am able to save NPR 4,000 (29.75 Euro approx.) annually.’’

Yamu Lama
Yamu Lama