With 55% of India’s population still using inefficient chulhas, which require at least 6-8 kg of firewood daily/family, Swami Samarth has developed ‘Agneeka’ — a fuel efficient yet affordable cookstove — for those who cannot afford or do not have access to cooking options like gas or electric stoves. Agneekaa reduces emissions by 95% and can use wood, coal, biomass pellets, rice husk etc as fuel.
The enterprise intends to take its product to the masses through its distribution network, which will be created across rural India. While it is already in the process of tie-ups with various NGOs and other social organizations like WHO, it plans to partner with microfinance institutions and gram panchayats to reach out to more people. Meanwhile, by appointing local entrepreneurs (like tea stallholders) as dealers, the company is able to give live demos and promote the cookstoves directly. It also manufactures pellet-based commercial biomass stove for the brand ‘Oorja’ owned by First Energy.