Shri Jagdamba Samiti


Shri Jagdamba Samiti was established in 1991 in the Himalayan valley of Bhilangana, district of Tehri Garhwal. It started with a voluntary group of economists, management experts, social scientist, villagers, and participatory development specialists to work for the locally available resource management and their optimum utilization for sustainable development of local people. Operational areas of the organization, at present, are in five districts, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Haridwar and Rudraprayag of Garhwal Uttranchal. The optimum utilization of locally available resources through indigenous & eco-friendly technologies is the basic philosophy of the organization. Thus the mission of the organization is to bring prosperity to all, through sustainable development process, by involving the community in planning, implementation and management of the locally available resources as per needs and opportunities. Shri Jagdamba Samiti has conducted a survey on impact of smoke generated during indoor firewood cooking and found that most of the women are suffering from health problems. Now the organisation is planning to provide improved stoves and LPG connections to the women groups associated with the Samiti.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Mr. Laxmi Prakash semwal
Secondary Contact
Mr. Arun Semwal
Address 1, Vinod Market Dehradun Road
Rishikesh, Uttranchal
Phone 91-135-2436963
Fax 91-135-2433166
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

The target population are from the remote hilly villages of Bhilangana valley of Tehri Garhwal district in the Uttranchal Himalayas where this organisation has organised more than 7000 families into self help groups. The livelihood option is very limited and people, generally the women, collect firewood from forests for cooking.
Organisation implementing a new model of promoting joint venture compinies of farmers in Himalays India. A fund generated by these companies invested in improved household cook stop for benfit of women ofn participating farmesr family.

Fuels/Technologies: Biomass
Liquid Petroleum Gas
Sectors of Experience: Agriculture
Behavior Change
Renewable Energy
Rural Development
Small Business
Countries of Operation: India

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

Income level of the families is low and their only option is to depends on the nearby forest for fuel. This organisation is also promoting micro-enterprises based livelihood support to the groups which will enable them to purchase the LPG connections.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

Some initial subsidies is required to install the LPG stoves for which we are seeking external support.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

The package of improved energy technology includes solar lighting for light, charcoal produced from waste biomass for heating, and LPG for cooking. the approximate cost for an average house is US $ 500.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

The technology package will help the poor improve thier health and living conditions and it will be monitored on regular basis.

Relevant Publications or Studies

None noted

Our Contribution to the Partnership

Through addressing the very poor; motivating the benificiaries; training and extension; and; monitoring and participatory evaluation.