The rural households in Bindhi village use traditional stoves that burn biomass - mainly wood, but also agricultural residue and animal dung - for cooking and heating. Such stoves are highly inefficient and emit large amounts of smoke that contribute to indoor air pollution. Improved cooking stoves are designed to limit these negative health effects by burning biomass more efficiently and reducing smoke. Under the SEWAM program 61 women of Bindhi village in Janakpur were trained to make improved stoves. SEWAM program is supported by World Accord and implemented by Women for Peace and Democracy Nepal (WPD Nepal).