This impact assessment seeks to understand the socio-demographic and market factors that determine the success of investment in efficient cookstoves.
In 2016, MASSIF through FMO funded an evaluation assessment of their investment in ESAF Micro Finance Investments (P) Ltd based in Kerala, India. This assessment was taken on with the goal of preparing for the impact evaluation of ESAF’s green product lines such as solar lamps, energy efficient firewood stoves, and water purifiers. Since the initial evaluation could not be completed, the scope of the study has been modified. The proposed research work aims to create a comprehensive documentation of the evidence generated so far on the impact of cookstoves in terms of health, environment and household economics.
Secondary data (administrative data from ESAF and the government of India about their LPG subsidy schemes) and primary data collected as part of the study both at household and national level will be used to understand the socio-demographic and market factors that determine the success of investment in efficient cookstoves.
The insights generated from this research study would ultimately help FMO, MASSIF, and their beneficiary organizations in deciding future investments in efficient cookstoves across different countries and geographies.