The Forgotten VillageFor many years, the people of Katra lived in darkness. They worked in their fields all day, and returned to houses that had no light. Here, life once ended at sunset. After dark, mothers did not cook; children did not study; shops did not sell. They wanted to, but they could not. Unable to work or study for 6 whole hours after sunset, they could not keep up with the demands of changing times. They grew poor. They stayed trapped in their poverty.
How They Did ItVery recently, in April 2014, Milaap partnered with Mera Gao Power, a green energy organization that tailored its micro-grid design to specifically meet the needs of the poor. For just around Rs.50,000 (about $900), they could bring light to an entire hamlet. Each hamlet has about 30-40 families. So, this worked out way cheaper than each family and shop buying a solar lantern!
In the Short While Since...
The people of Katra have grabbed at the possibilities their newly lit nights have brought them. The women of Katra now spend their days at work. No more rushing home way before sunset to wrap up their chores.
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