Over two-thirds of households in India still rely on traditional biomass for cooking. Open fires and primitive stoves are rather inefficient at converting energy into heat for cooking and emit a significant amount of smoke which can have harmful effects on heath as well as on the environment. While women play a major role in family lives, being those who are cooking, collecting firewood, water, and working in agriculture, they are seldom included in decision-making processes. The Eco Village Development (EVD) project started in 2011 as an integrated approach for creating low carbon communities of practice in existing villages. It comprises of a combination of inexpensive renewable energy technology (RET) and capacity-building activities for climate change adaptation and mitigation in villages.