Water and Sanitation

A staggering 355 million women and girls are still waiting for a toilet in India (WaterAid, 2017). Women from low-income communities face the brunt of this gap as they compromise their safety each day to carry out their daily sanitation routine.



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Building Climate Resilience and Energy Efficiency

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

Water and Sanitation

A staggering 355 million women and girls are still waiting for a toilet in India (WaterAid, 2017). Women from low-income communities face the brunt of this gap as they compromise their safety each day to carry out their daily sanitation routine.



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Water and Sanitation

A staggering 355 million women and girls are still waiting for a toilet in India (WaterAid, 2017). Women from low-income communities face the brunt of this gap as they compromise their safety each day to carry out their daily sanitation routine.



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Water and Sanitation

A staggering 355 million women and girls are still waiting for a toilet in India (WaterAid, 2017). Women from low-income communities face the brunt of this gap as they compromise their safety each day to carry out their daily sanitation routine.



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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 & diseases) that are slow onset, attract less attention but frequently impact poor people, particularly women, the most. Facilitating clean energy transitions is a parallel aspect of MHT’s 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 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, 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 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 that has emerged as a key concern in urban areas in India. MHT’s inputs to Ahmedabad’s Heat Action Plan has resulted in a citywide cool roof program targeting the most vulnerable settlements with poor quality homes that trap heat becoming 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 risk 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.

Impact

Women Trained as Climate Resilient Specialists
13,770
Women Trained as Climate Resilient Specialists
Households Accessing Grid Electricity
1,81,614
Households Accessing Grid Electricity
Households Invested in Energy Saving Products
44,230
Households Invested in Energy Saving Products