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Household Air Pollution (HAP) generally caused by solid fuels used in traditional cooking methods, is responsible for over 3.8 Million premature deaths every year as per the latest WHO data. This is about 7.7% of the total global mortality.


The Smokeless Cookstove Foundation is a Non-profit organisation working towards curbing the problem of Household Air Pollution. With its training program – the Smokeless Cookstove Revolution, SCF seeks to train the rural, migrant and tribal population.


SCF understands the success of its program can only be determined if the solution is adapted to specific cultural and social context of the regions it is working in. In light of this, SCF seeks to penetrate well in a given region.


The Smokeless Cookstove team has been working tirelessly since late 2016 taking the work into remote regions that are in desperate need of this solution.


Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh – Flagship programme

Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh – Flagship programme in partnership by Spandan Sewa
Samaj Samiti and Glenmark Foundation. After having done a pilot for six months, In June 2018, in association with Glenmark Foundation..

Uttar Pradesh Bundlekhand

This was one of the most overwhelming experience of smokeless cook stove workshop. Done in partnership with grass roots NGO Khushi Hona, we got an in-depth background about the situation facing the communities in this geography.

Andhra Pradesh - Koduru

In the month of January 2019 SCF team travelled to Koduru at the invitation of Dr. Abraham Thomas. Koduru is a village in the Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh. The district has over 10 villages with a total population of approximately 6000 people…


Since the inception of this work, we have introduced the idea of our smokeless chulah to a handful of villages in the Districts of Palghar, Kasara and Shahpur  in Maharashtra. In Palghar’s Sajjan village we were able to train a few community members in collaboration with one of our big supporters of the project.. 

  • Open cook fire stoves are a common sight along the
    6 days ago by smokelesscookstove_team Open cook fire stoves are a common sight along the hills. There is a constant need for hot water through the day for home and cattle/ poultry use. Many homes continue to use chulahs emitting intense smoke inside and outside the homes. This can be easily replaced by a mud stove made from Rocket Stove Technology which reduces considerable amount of smoke and wood consumption. Write to us to find out more.  #smokefree   #cleanenergy   #smokelesscookstoverevolution 
  • Vasava Tribes in Dediapada area gather their annual wood requirement
    17 hours ago by smokelesscookstove_team Vasava Tribes in Dediapada area gather their annual wood requirement for cooking and heating purpose in one go. They venture out for 10 to 15 days before the monsoons to stack up the wood. Being extremely marginalized themselves, they often have to engage in hiring labour on a daily wage basis paying them upto Rs 150 per day. Transport to lug the wood costs them an additional Rs 2000 to Rs 4000 depending on the distance to forests. Given their economic state, this sums to be substantial amount for a tribal family whose main source of livelihood is farming. Location
  • Understanding the cooking behaviour of communities whom we work with
    2 days ago by smokelesscookstove_team Understanding the cooking behaviour of communities whom we work with for Smokeless Cookstove Revolution is the key to project implementation. Our team is on ground across the villages of Dediapada, Gujarat conducting extensive pre project field research. If you are interested in working with us to understand and document communities, do DM us.  #cleancooking   #Gujarat  Village : Vadhva, District Dediapada, Gujarat Community : Vasava Tribes
  • Families that are exposed to HAP Household Air Pollution caused
    5 days ago by smokelesscookstove_team Families that are exposed to HAP (Household Air Pollution) caused due to smoke from open cook fire stoves on a regular basis are at a high risk of diseases such as: 1. Childhood pneumonia 2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder 3. Ischemic Heart Disease 4. Stroke 5. Lung Cancer When pregnant women are constantly exposed to HAP, the infants are at a high risk of: 1. Stillbirth 2. Low Birth Weight 3. Decreased Lung Function Photo Credit: Aangi Shah on one of our field trip to Khandwa. Madhya Pradesh.
  • While we have been sharing facts and researches on Clean
    1 week ago by smokelesscookstove_team While we have been sharing facts and researches on Clean Cooking and Household Air Pollution, we thought, its important to let you all also know who are the direct sufferers of HAP and how? More than 3B people from around the world depend on food cooked over open fires & inefficient stoves (chulahs). Exposure to HAP is due to the burning of wood, charcoal, coal & Kerosene.


by Nitisha Agrawal | Jan 10, 2019 |

My nails and finger tips still bear red as I write this blog based on our experience in Koduru, Andhra Pradesh.  And in a manner speaking, I wish they remain stained red. For it’s the red of the earth that I had never seen or touched and played with. Read More

by Rhea Gupte | Feb 20, 2018 |

The condition in Chitrakoot is heartbreaking. On one side, there are lush patches of green, cultural heritages and historical landmarks, while on the other there are sufferings through malnutrition contamination and water shortage.Read More

Sometimes, travel means exploring more than what meets the eye, and giving back to the destination.

They say that travel opens up new horizons, helping you see the world in a different light, and when you come back home.. Read More

Nitisha Agrawal lives with the Korku tribe of Central India and writes about their little known culture and lifestyle.

There are two kinds of travellers in my reserved opinion. The first will meticulously plan their trips based on numerous hours spent on Tripadvisor and Google searches… READ MORE


We are on an exciting journey with Smokeless Cookstove Revolution. This journey takes us on a road to work with and explore the cultures and homes of some of the most beautiful and exclusive communities residing in sometimes remote and breath taking locations in India. As our scope of work is rapidly expanding, we often need extra set of hands to help out with various activities. Join the “Revolution”.


Household Air Pollution is an epidemic of astronomical proportions, affecting almost half of the world’s population. Our mission is to effect transformation by empowering those who need this technology to take it, use it, modify it, improve on it, monetise it and most of all… share it. You can be a part of the Smokeless Cookstove Revolution by supporting us with your time, energy, skills and passion.


Nitisha | Director

Nitisha heads up the Smokeless Cookstove Foundation as Director and is actively involved with various aspects of the training programs. She studied Sustainable Development and Solutions from Columbia University​, Earth Institute​ and thirsts for working towards conservation and protecting the environment. Based in Mumbai, she has her bags packed all the time ready for field assignments with the Smokeless Cookstove Revolution.


Russell | Mentor

Russell developed the Eco1 Rocket Stove combustion heater as a result of many years traveling in the Himalayas noticing deforestation and various climate related changes. As a result of prototyping for this, he also came up with the design for the Smokeless Chulha used by our Foundation. Russell is currently the Managing Director of Himalayan Rocket Stove in India and Rocket Man Designs in Australia and juggles his work and life across the 2 countries. 


The Smokeless Cookstove Foundation is a Non-profit organisation working towards curbing the problem of Household Air Pollution.


Red Earth And Smokeless Fire

by Nitisha Agrawal | Jan 10, 2019 |


by Nitisha Agrawal | Feb 4, 2019 |

Smokeless Cookstove Foundation, (SCF) is a 100% non-profit venture Licenced under section 8 (1) of the Companies Act,
2013 with 12AA and 80G tax status.

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