Improved Cook Stoves Empower Disabled Women in Laos

Empowering women with disabilities by offering training in income generating activities is a common vision shared by the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre (LDWDC) and the European Union-funded Improved Cook Stove (ICS) programme. The new collaboration under ADB’s Gender and Climate Change project is developed to provide income opportunities for women, while at the same time opening up the market for improved stoves.

On 3rd September, 23 disabled women from LDWDC visited an ICS production workshop in Khokxay Village, Hadxayfong District, to observe the cook stove production process. A lack of reliable and skilled labourers is often a bottleneck for improved cook stove production, however the potential involvement of LDWDC may help address this issue. Mr. Siew, owner of the improved cook stove workshop, was very impressed by the strong spirit and willingness to learn shown by the women when making their first stoves.

Bastiaan Teune, head of the renewable energy sector of SNV Lao PDR commented: “We have made an important first step in what may become one of the largest improved cook stove centers in Laos. This initiative supports the participation of disabled women in a green economy, and for households the stoves save 25% of time and money. Moreover, it reduces pressure on the environment.” Since 2013, 15,000 improved cook stoves have been sold, which are recognizable by their distinct blue label.

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