Kendrapara is a coastal district prone to climatic vulnerabilities due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal. Ingression of saline water to
the low lying agricultural land is a recurrent problem in the area especially during the low-pressure time. The
population is primarily marginal farmers. The highly saline area is a challenge to the local community.
Under Phase 3 of IGSSS’ Sustainable Options for Livelihood Project
(SOUL), DHARA (IGSSS partner) facilitated a ‘Community Level Energy Hub’, specifically as a means to increase of income
of vulnerable families through adaptation of climate resilient livelihood options. The project has facilitated the formation and strengthening of Climate Resilient Development Groups in all project villages (CRDG). Several adaptations and mitigation practices and techniques have helped the community to build resilience against climate-induced vulnerabilities.

This women-led initiative aims to build capacities of the community to adopt improved, efficient climate change neutral energy
practices as well to facilitate the overall well being of the vulnerable community.
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Through the women-focused ‘energy hub’ process community is envisaged to have the level of awareness,
skill, and technology mix to install, manage and work as a ‘hub’ (effective center to network and spread) to
promote efficient energy options linked to livelihood and resilience building against climate change in the
neighboring outreach.

 


The main activities of the hub include the following:

i) 4 solar-based charging and lighting system for climate emergency, with maintenance group and
maintenance fund;
ii) 40 units of improved Chula;
iii) five women enterprise group based vermicompost units;
iv) student-led direct sunlight harvesting for to brighten dark interiors of typical low roofed houses in
coastal tract;
v) promotion of 2 women groups for making briquettes from leaf litter and crop waste and briquette
based portable Chula;
vi) Creation of skilled women- 10 to install improved Chula; 20 women to install vermicompost units; 30
women and students to spread awareness about potential actions at family level resilience building
against climate change.