Laxmi Rana is from Jumdanda, one of the least developed regions in Bandipur Village Development Committee, in Tanahun District in the mid-hills of Nepal, where most women are tied to home and hearth. Today 25 households in Jumdanda have installed biogas. Rana says, "Now since less time is needed for gathering firewood, cooking, and cleaning, I have spare time to do other work."As well as saving women time and work, and reducing smoke in the kitchen which affects women and children, biogas helps to restore forests by reducing firewood extraction. Biogas plants provide methane gas for cooking; the gas is produced in a digester from livestock dung and waste from the family toilet.

Currently Rana is using some of the time saved from household chores to act as the vice president of Jum Dada Jhapri Community Forest Users Group (CFUG), and today there are also many other women members in the CFUG committee.

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