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Empowering households in West Bengal

For most of us living in urban areas, a faulty internet connection is annoying. A power cut is worse, even if it is for a couple of hours. Can you imagine then, that one in two households in rural India lives in darkness? Electrification will take time. What until then?


Milaap, India's largest crowdfunding platform has tied up with ONergy to provide lighting solutions to rural households in villages in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. 40% of the houses have no access to electricity, and even those that do, face power cuts for up to five hours a day. Kerosene lamps are an alternate, but expensive solution.

A loan of Rs 10,000 can help install solar panels in households. This will help light up two CFL lamps and run one fan in the house for 4-5 hours a day. Money spent on kerosene can be saved and used for an essential purposes. Productivity will increase.

It will be a start of a better, brighter future for many.

Click here to lend to Asma Mistri, who is looking for a loan to install a solar energy system at home.


Asma Mistri is a 29 year-old mother living in Bantra village in West Bengal. She is an artisan who earns her living doing zari embroidery on fabric. Her family lives in a house that has no access to electricity, which means they need to rely on kerosene lamps in the house after dark. The amount of government-supplied kerosene does not their needs so they often need to rely on the black market, paying upto thrice the actual price. She hopes to install a solar energy system at home with a loan of Rs 10,000 to overcome these problems.