Kalavati Devi is 46 years old. She lives with her husband, two sons and a daughter in Village Chachrait of Pitthoragarh district in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand in India. One of her sons and the daughter go to a government school in the area. Her elder son works as a daily wage labourer. Her husband, Kesar Singh sings in religious ceremonies and temples on festivals and special occasions. He gets small sums of money as token of appreciation. Besides, the family owns a small patch of land, the produce from which is largely consumed by the family itself. Summing up all this, the family income of the household is Rs. 3000 a month.
Uttarakhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh in India. It is expected that the use of improved cookstoves will help in reducing the instances of smoke related health hazards amongst women. Coupled with the reduction of cooking time and fuel requirement, improved cookstoves will make the lives of Kalavati Devi and many such women more convenient.