Rina Naskar and Group – Solar Lamps (Jaynagar, West Bengal, India)
Lack of electricity infrastructure is one of the main hurdles in the development of rural India. India’s grid system is considerably under-developed, with major sections of its populace still surviving off-grid. Jaynagar, in district South 24 Parganas of West Bengal, despite being within a close proximity of one of India’s biggest metro cities in India, is such a village excluded from the reach of power grid. Rina, Jayenty, Madhumita and Panchubala, residents of Jaynagar, have decided to take micro-loans jointly as a group of ten to buy solar lamps. These lamps will not let their lives to come to a halt after dark. They can extend working hours, cook dinner, move around the household, their children can study even after the dusk. This will not only make their lives more safe and productive, but also they will be saved from the venomous fume that originates from the kerosene lamps, firewood etc they use now to lit up their households. They need a loan of total amount Rs. 16000 which they will repay in twelve months in installments. Your loan can show these families a way out from darkness and give them a chance to live in a brighter, safer and healthier environment.