Business partner since September 2021
Greenway Appliances (Greenway) designs, manufactures and distributes clean cooking stoves that help save women time and effort while also mitigating climate change and air pollution.
The Mumbai based social enterprise was set up in 2010 with the mission of developing everyday products that could improve quality of life for families in rural India who are used to cooking on traditional – very unhealthy – mud stoves. Its clean cooking stove is not just doing that, it contributes to:
1. Health: Using a traditional mud stove for an hour is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes along with eye, skin irritation and other ailments.
2. Environment & Climate Change: Due to inefficiencies, traditional stoves require copious amounts of fuel, typically firewood for which communities often have to cut trees damaging flora and fauna. Emissions from these stoves is also a significant contributor to climate change.
3. Money and Time: Families spend a significant portion of their time and income on fuel collection and purchase.
4. Gender and Opportunity: Cooking on traditional stoves and consequent fuel collection requires more than necessary time and effort taking away from productive hours of women and young girls leading to time poverty and lost opportunity.
Women on Wings and Greenway started collaborating in September 2021 on their joint mission to improve livelihood opportunities and create extra jobs for women in rural India where Greenway is working through its partners.