Solar-energy project promises brighter future in central India
Special partnership gives rural Indian woman an income making solar-energy systems
Raipur, INDIA — Community groups in Raipur, India are keeping on the cusp of innovation, working as teams to use solar energy as a guiding light for the future, reports The Guardian.
The Eco-Green Livelihoods project connects local technicians and non-government organizational staff with locals — many of them women — and teaches them how to make solar-power systems to light homes in villages that are off the grid. “These women, who have little education, and previously could only get a few hours of work a week cleaning other people’s homes, have now learned to make this fairly technical product and are earning a much better living,” says Ram Kumar, a technician who trains local groups.
Rural parts of India have limited to no access to electricity grids. The training, construction and installation of solar-lighting systems creates a robust product capable of solving development problems and creating sustainable livelihoods. [theguardian.com]
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