Early in the morning, when many women in her neighborhood wake up their daughters to get help with the household work, Sanjukta Bhoi wakes up her daughter to send her for private classes. She lives in M.Rampur, a block in Kalahandi district of Odisha, with her 2 children and husband. She purchased a low-smoke cook-stove with the help of a Milaap loan. After she sends her daughter and son to private classes by 6 a.m., she starts to prepare breakfast for the family. She takes half an hour to do so. Previously, while using the makeshift cook-stove, she would take more than an hour. Even the time she takes to prepare lunch or dinner reduced to one hour from the 2 to 3 hours she would usually take with her old stove. Her kids return home by 9 a.m. and leave for school at 10 a.m. after having breakfast.
Sanjukta Bhoi with her new low-smoke cook-stove outside her house.