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Lighting a Billion Lives -- Bringing Solar Light to Rural India

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Published on Sep 1, 2011

The official Lighting a Billion Live film
Every night 61 million rural households in India use kerosene for lighting needs. Globally, 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity and fight darkness with oil lamps which hampers their health, growth and productivity. Catch some glimpses from the villages where Lighting a Billion Lives has brought a new hope.

One of the challenges facing the world today is to provide sustainable energy to all its citizens. The task is massive but solutions often come from small, localized initiatives. Lighting a Billion Lives © is one such initiative.
Over 1.3 billion people around the world have no access to electricity
360 million people in India lack access to electricity

It is a known fact that clean and affordable energy is elementary to one's quality of life as well as for ensuring socio-economic development. Without access to affordable energy it will be impossible to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women or even reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. Inadequate lighting hinders progress and development opportunities Directly impacts health, environment, and safety. 2.2 billion liters of kerosene burnt each year for lighting About 5.5 million tonnes CO2 emitted to the atmosphere by burning of this kerosene

The Lighting a Billion Lives campaign is making a concerted effort towards addressing these critical issues as well as bringing about innovations to facilitate interventions enable energy access for all. It has the global understanding of the challenge of providing clean lighting to billions that are at the bottom of the pyramid, and has adopted a localized, bottom-up approach to addressing it.

LaBL offers local and global environmental benefits.
Each solar lantern in its life of 10 years replaces about 500-600 litres of kerosene, mitigating about 1.5 tonnes of CO2.

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