|Case: India - Solar Dryer
Dryer – ADB- SARI E III All India Women´s Conference Program (AIWC)
The All India
Women’s Conference (AIWC) started
its journey with Solar Dryer with the Asian Development Bank supported project:
generation for poor women through solar dryers in
Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil-Nadu and Delhi. The Primary objective of this
project was to demonstrate the commercial viability of solar drying of fruits & vegetables
on a micro-enterprise scale and to establish its suitability for wealth creation
among the poor women. The main component of this program was to identify appropriate
technology: SDM 50 Solar Dryer developed by SEED, Installation of dryers in
four places: New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Trivandrum, 4 training programs
in four locations and 1 intensive training program at Hyderabad and product
preparation and analysis.
We did the empirical study to see weather using the solar dryer and produce
in season can give additional income to the needy. The other objective of this
project was to study the market for dried/processed fruits and vegetables in
general and solar dried/processed products in particular and to explore the
various means of structuring the solar drying project in terms of financing
and asset ownership.
The main components of this project were to identify an appropriate technology:
SDM 50 Solar Dryer developed by NGO of Hyderabad SEED had developed this solar
dryer after 10 years of intensive research and product preparation and analysis.
This insures the quality and texture of the dried products apart from insuring
value addition to a great extent. This really helps the villagers to get good
prices of their dried products which find the ready market in the nearby towns
and cities. With help of expert, we have designed the matrix for all the four
project areas and we had collected the data very carefully for the entire year.
|Curd green chili
|Crud bitter guard
|Kadi masala powder
*Tomato power becomes many times value added and there is huge demand from
the fast food
Likewise, in the coastal areas, solar dryer has helped the fisherman to get
very good price of the dried fish which otherwise gets spoiled because of lack
Profit chart of Mango Bar
The Outcome of this Project were:
· Preparation of list of possible dried products, which can be prepared
using solar dryer, and can also fetch profit in the market.
· Sufficient exposure to production and marketing techniques to be followed
if the solar dryer is used as an enterprise
· Eight young people (two from each unit) from economically poor strata
developed the skills for preparation of dried products, which become value
using solar dryer, which they can use for income generation
· The project experiences will be used in the near future when SHGs or
individuals will use solar dryer concept in an enterprise
· Project provides sufficient space for the women to use the experiences
for income generation. This will not only fetch income for the women but will
also cultivate entrepreneurial ability and self-reliance among them.
· Towards advocacy, because of good publicity, a large no. of women came
forward to buy these solar dryers. On AIWC continued persuasions, the Ministry
New and Renewable energy allowanced 50 % subsidy on the cost of SDM- 50
Solar Dryers. that most of women wanted to purchases the SDM Solar Dryer.
· If the entire country starts using solar dryers, it will not only bring
additional income but also to save the energy and help in mitigating the global
Manual’s Solar Drying Section: “Sustainable
Energy Solutions to Reduce Poverty in South Asia":