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Chulha Project


The Low Smoke Chulha Stove is an important solution to enable healthy indoor cooking. This stove has been developed to fight the ill-effects of indoor air-pollution (IAP), a silent threat that is the cause of respiratory problems in many rural households of India.

Because much of the cooking in rural India is done indoors in environments that lack proper ventilation, millions of people, primarily poor women and children face serious health risks. Globally, 4.3 million deaths were attributed to exposure to IAP in developing countries in 2012. India accounts for 80% of premature deaths that occur in south-east Asia annually. Nearly 70% of rural households in India don't have ventilation. (World Health Organization)

Low Smoke Chulha Stove has many advantages over traditional stoves. Apart from providing a better cooking environment, the stove is easy to use and maintain, and can be used with traditional biomass as fuel.

The Bodhi Tree Educational Foundation produces and distributes the stoves at no cost to hundreds of families in villages around Bodhgaya. The stove production uses local materials and processes.

The Low Smoke Chulha Stove has important social, health, economical and environmental benefits. Foremost benefits of the Low Smoke Stove is that it provides a safer home environment for families, reduces the risk of early death and respiratory illness, while supporting traditional fuels and culturally excepted ways of cooking.