Barli Development Institute for Rural Women Installs  Solar
Cookers in Village Harsola and Jamli near Mhow  
On May 24 2009 Barli Development Institute Rural Women installed SK 14 parabolic Solar Cookers in Harsola and
Jamli villages of   Indore district by handing over to 5 needy, desirous rural and tribal women members of Self Help
Groups supported by State Bank of India.
Dr ( Mrs.) Janak Palta McGilligan, Director, Barli
Development Institute for Rural Women, Indore  
introduced the  overall activities of the  Institute and its
objective of promoting Sustainable  Community
Development through training of rural and tribal women
as social change agents for their communities .She said ”
taking solar energy to villages through women  is just
one of its priority as the  Institute believes that
conserving and  protecting the environment is  a spiritual
responsibility of human beings. These cookers have
been given under their project sponsored by school
children through an NGO “PLAGE” in Austria .The
Institute has a policy that it does not give technology
without training the user and it insists on nominal
contributions by them so that they use it and value it.
Women from Harsola and Jamli were, selected and
sponsored by the State Bank of India.
They were sent to Barli Institute for 5 days training on
how to use and maintain the solar cooker,  also how to
use it as an income generating tool, by cooking and
packing snacks for sale during March 2009.
Each solar cooker costs Rs 7000/ .PLAGE has subsidized
heavily, by donating Rs 5000, State Bank of India  has given
these women a loan of Rs 1500 at only 4 % of rate of interest
while the beneficiaries have paid Rs 500 each. The Institute
has already more than 350 such cookers in use among the
rural and tribal communities.”
Mr. P.S Bedekar Assistant General Manager of State bank of
India, Indore, Dr. Janak McGilligan, Hasola Bank Branch
Manager,Nanda and Raginder Chauhan, of Barli's solar team
with 2 village women who received the solar cookers in Harsola
Addressing the women Dr. McGilligan said” that there is
scarcity of water in our part of the world, but solar energy is
unlimited and we can get it free of cost. We should all use
solar energy.  The changes reported about  these  cookers in
the lives of women and their families who are using, is
remarkable .They are running Solar tea stalls, cooking midday
meal on these cookers for their livelihood They are saving
money and time by not having to get fuel.  It saves time,
energy, health, and dignity as there is always a fear of rape on
the long distances to isolated areas to collect firewood..
Using solar cookers is also much safer than conventional
cooking methods because there is no risk of fire, gas leaks or
explosions. The users are also very happy that the cookers
being such a status symbol, more men have started cooking..”
All the guests
received floral
welcome from the
village women.
Nanda and
Raginder Chauhan
being given floral
garlands by Harsola
Village Sarpanch
Chief Guest of this programme Mr. P.S Bedekar,the Assistant
General Manager of State bank of India, Indore  appreciated
the  initiative  and approach of the  Barli Development
Institute in empowering rural and tribal women and assured
the women .He assured  the communities that bank will be
happy to support as many as women come forward to own
solar cookers &he  appealed to their people to go for this
technology .Mrs Jaani Bai Sarpanch a tribal women herself
,presided the programme in Harsola and was thankful to the
Institute and bank for taking this technology to their village.
The women who received the cookers in Harsola  
Mrs.Shivkanya Bai,Smt Ramkanya Bai,andSmt. Rekha  
Kumre in Harsola ,and Smt Prbha Wati and Smt Sunita  
in Jamli had solar cooked  rice and tea on their  solar
cookers  that was  served to all the guests and the
members of their communities. Branch Mangers  Sh R. K
Ratnawat Harsola and, Mr Rajesh Mehta ,Jamli
welcomed and honoured special guests, Mr. Jimmy
McGilligan, Manager of the Institute and his Solar energy
team members  Harindra Goluguri, Rajender Chauhan,
Sakha Ram and Smt Nanda Chauhan.
Mr. R Senger field Officer of the Jamli. branch of the bank and  Mr Himanshu Joshi at Harsola branch gave the vote of

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