AVANI is a non-profit organization established in 1999. It is working towards developing livelihood solutions for the local communities of Uttarakhand. The organization has a wide-ranging experience in application of appropriate technology with rural people of the State.
Some major interventions of the organization are as following:
1. Electrified 25 villages in the region through solar energy until the area started getting grid supply. 2. Established sustainable livelihood program using traditional craft of spinning, weaving and natural colours. This led to setting up of ‘Earth Craft’, a private limited company employing over 500 people producing hand crafted, natural fiber, naturally dyed textiles and plant based pigments. 3. Water harvesting through modern techniques in number of villages. AVANI has partnered with Ford Foundation, Citi Foundation, Barr Foundation, Central Silk Board, GoI under different such program. It has been awarded with Jankidevi Bajaj Purashkar, Citi Micro Enterprise Award, Energy Conservation AwardGoUK, Earth Care Award, Power Of Ideas, Green Award, Inclusive Innovation Award for innovative conservation linked livelihood.
Proposal: Developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem to harness the energy of pine needles for rural development (April 2017 – March 2018)
The proposed project envisages to upscale the conservation linked livelihood development model based on pine needles, responsible for devastating forest fire. The destructive energy of pine needle will be used for setting up gasification-based power plant, demonstrated successfully in the past. Local people will collect pine as feedstock for the plant. The output of these plants will be clean electricity and cooking charcoal. The electricity will be used for rural cottage industry or pumped in the grid. The charcoal will be briquetted which can be used for cooking using improved cook stoves. The proposed project envisages generating 500 KW by setting up of 50 power plants of 10 kW each in the villages. The organization has successfully demonstrated the technology by setting up of 2 power plants. The project will result in livelihood opportunities for the locals. An entrepreneurial ecosystem will be developed, where the rural people will be trained and developed as entrepreneurs to set up these grids connected power plants.
They will be provided with technology, marketing and financial support and continuous handholding for operational management of these power plants. In all 100 jobs will be created for running power plants and 500 for collection of feedstock entrepreneurs will also be trained to briquette the residual bio-char into cooking charcoal and sell it to the local people, as an alternative for clean cooking solution. These plants will be able to produce 500 ton of charcoal every year after 3 years.
The project will result in prevention of forest fire, as the pine needles are the major reason of these fires in the State. It envisages that by diverting 5000 ton of pine needle every year 1000 hectares of forests could be saved. The project will be implemented over a period of 3 years and will bring following impacts; • Creation of 600 jobs bringing an annual income of Rs. 1.5 Crores • 500 tons of charcoal every year • Generation of clean electricity • 20000 tons of carbon emission reduction annually