MEC India Clean Cooking Program (GS12066): All You Need to Know

MicroEnergy Credits - Microfinance for Clean Cooking Product Lines

PoA ID GS 12066

In line with our commitment to transparency and integrity, we are providing a comprehensive list of all the information about our electric cooking carbon program here.

This initiative aims to ensure that stakeholders have access to program details and documentation in an easy-to-use way.

The purpose of the program is to provide end-users with Induction Cookstoves (IC) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the burning of non-renewable woody biomass used for cooking. The project also envisages benefitting household members, especially women, by reducing exposure to indoor air pollution, reducing health expenses, and reducing drudgery towards the collection/purchase of firewood and its use in cookstoves for cooking. 

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Co-benefits of the program: Fostering community empowerment

Clean Energy Funding – Changing One Life at a Time: Story of Sitapati


The grit, determination, and can-do attitude of our women partners, who are fast emerging as clean energy leaders, is something we can all learn from. Their stories are stories of courage, where they embrace clean energy, and not only make a difference to their lives but also to the lives of many others.


By embracing clean energy alternatives, our local community partners create a positive impact on their families' well-being, addressing issues like indoor pollution, respiratory ailments, water-borne diseases, and reducing carbon emissions. Their goal as micro-entrepreneurs is to share these benefits with others. They tirelessly travel from village to village, raising awareness and conducting product and tech demonstrations, serving as a daily source of inspiration.

Our women partners gain the means to generate and stabilize their finances, leading to financial independence. This empowerment allows them to take charge of their lives and make improved lifestyle choices that have far-reaching effects. Consequently, this strengthens families, communities, and countries, contributing to a positive global change.

With extensive experience in India, Africa, and Mongolia, MicroEnergy Credits collaborates with a diverse range of microfinance institutions (MFIs), non-banking financial corporations (NBFCs), and banks on clean energy lending programs. We build upon this experience and deep understanding of market conditions to enable the accessibility of clean energy alternatives. Working alongside our MFI partners, we empower communities to take control of their clean energy future in a way that upholds their families and local economies with dignity.

Impact Story

Meet Sitapati, one of our micro entrepreneurs, who was able to turn her life around thanks to her resourcefulness with clean energy.

Today, Sitapati, is the Health Coordinator of her village, Raipati’s gram panchayat. She also successfully enables sales of carbon efficient cookstoves and solar lights. She travels from village to village, spreading awareness about the health and climate benefits of clean energy products, helps with product demos, handles complaints, if any, and further encourages other women to join the movement by embracing both clean energy and entrepreneurship. She sells 18-19 clean energy products a month and shares collective feedback that these cookstoves are non-polluting, have no fumes, and are less time consuming that translates to faster cooking and more time for women to pursue other activities.

Sitapati led a very different life earlier though. She was confined to the four walls of her home, and no one knew her other than her immediate family. Today, Sitapati feels like she is not only expanding her mind but also her social circle. She works shoulder to shoulder with her husband now, who supports her and often drives her around to the villages she needs to go to to promote clean energy. “I feel empowered and aim to empower many other women like me,” she says.

Watch the video here