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Join us in our campaign to raise funds to bring reliable solar lighting to hamlets in Uttar Pradesh!

About the campaign

Milaap is the proud sponsor of the Dallas Fort Worth (Texas, USA) South Asian Film Festival (DFWSAFF) screening of the film "Katiyabaaz" (Powerless). The film is directed by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa and is about the problem of power theft in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Milaap is proud to have this platform to address the issues faced by the energy poor in India as well as to raise funds towards a low cost and reliable energy solution. This campaign aims to raise funds to provide a solar micro-grid to a hamlet in Uttar Pradesh.

The residents do not have access to the electricity grid and are not able to lead productive and efficient lives after sundown. Moreover, living by candlelight or kersone lamps is an unsafe and unreliable form of energy for most of these households.  Mera Gao Power, our Field Partner in Uttar Pradesh, builds a micro-grid to serve a typical hamlet. 

Typically, four of its staff walk into a village in the morning, set up the micro-grid and leave that evening with customers receiving service. The system generates, stores, and distributes power on its own, turning itself on and off each night automatically. These factors, along with the availability of a reliable & inexpensive source of energy, makes MGP’s micro-grid attractive to these villagers.

The hamlet in UP are tucked away off a small paved road - the residents do not have access to the electricity grid and so cannot read or study and the adults cannot take up income generating activities to earn additional income. Mera Gao Power builds, owns, and operates micro grids in Uttar Pradesh, India serving off-grid villages with high quality, dependable lighting and mobile phone charging services.

Here are articles that highlights Milaap's involvement with Kaatiyabaaz:

http://frontrow.dmagazine.com/2015/02/why-the-dfw-south-asian-film-festival-is-a-breath-of-fresh-air-for-north-texas-moviegoers/

https://www.mixcloud.com/Radioazad/radio-azad-hiba-interviews-ami-for-dfw-saff-feb-24-2015


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