Building Climate Resilience and Energy Efficient Livelihoods

According to the Global Climate Risk Index for 2020, India is the fifth most vulnerable of 181 countries to the effects of climate change, with its poorest citizens being the most at risk. It is vital to build energy efficient livelihoods, sustainable housing, and climate resilience capacities in communities to survive, adapt, and progress in the face of climate risks without distress or loss of assets. ​​

MHT has championed a community based resilience model that is women-led, integrated, evidence based, and focuses on innovative communication strategies to promote a culture of resilience. Our efforts are particularly focused on four climate stressors (heat extremes, flooding, deteriorating water quality, and diseases) that are slow to onset, attract less attention, but frequently impact poor people, particularly women, the most. Facilitating clean energy transitions is a parallel aspect of MHT’s climate resilience strategy.

Empowering communities to conduct climate risk assessments and implement locally relevant solutions.

MHT has devised a community based vulnerability assessment and resilience planning model particularly aimed at building the capacities of women from low income communities to become climate champions. We encourage families to make climate-resilient investments and adopt solutions that are affordable and applicable. Examples of solutions include water scarcity and quality interventions, cool-roofs, and alarms and alerts for pollution and flooding.

Enabling legal access to electricity and renewable energy

We forge partnerships with electricity companies to simplify access to legal electric connections in informal settlements and support the clean energy transition through grassroots-level actions. Through our network of women energy auditors, we disseminate green energy and building products such as LED lights, smokeless cooking stoves, solar lighting, and cooling systems.

Implementing cooling solutions for thermal comfort in cities

We work with communities and cities on building resilience against extreme heat stress, which has emerged as a key concern in urban areas in India. MHT’s inputs to Ahmedabad’s Heat Action Plan have resulted in a citywide coolroof program targeting the most vulnerable settlements with poor quality homes that trap heat and become dangerously hot. We also work on urban heat island reduction through citywide greening strategies and mobilizing action on air pollution.

Extending Climate Risk Insurance to the Poor

Climate insurance is a critical tool to help poor communities overcome the burden of loss and damage. MHT is working towards building an index-based risk transfer solution for excessive urban heat that is both sustainable and scalable. The programme aims to provide a parametric insurance product to cooperative clients that will finance women entrepreneurs from poor backgrounds to build resilient communities.


Women Trained as Climate Resilient Specialists
Women Trained as Climate Resilient Specialists
Households Accessing Grid Electricity
Households Accessing Grid Electricity
Households Invested in Energy Saving Products
Households Invested in Energy Saving Products