I met Maha Lakshmi SHG of Balangir District of Orissa on 24 December, 2014. The village where the group resides is easily accessible by the road. The group has 13 members and all have taken the solar energy loan from Milaap. While the village has electricity connection to almost each and every household, the frequent power cuts make the lives miserable. The power cuts are often during the peak hours of morning and evening when the electricity is most required. The day I visited the village, group told me that there has been no electricity in the village for the last 10 days due to administration apathy to fix the faults along the transmission lines. In such situations the solar energy has been no less than a boon for these people which ensures that their work do not get halted due to non-availability of light. The group members work on agricultural fields and grow paddy, pulses and vegetables. With the help of the enterprise loan from Milaap field partner, some of the group members have also started cow and goat rearing business.
Maha Lakshmi SHG