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Published on Jun 19, 2012
Housewife Shyamwati lives in the northern state of Haryana in India. In the past, her village used to be blanketed in darkness when night time came. But today – villagers like Shyamwati can carry on with their chores and farmers can work in the fields even when it’s dark - by using solar lanterns. These villagers can rent the lanterns from an entrepreneur for just 2 to 3 rupees – very much within their budget. It’s all part of a program called Lighting a Billion Lives, run by an organization called The Energy and Resources Institute or TERI. The program received funding from the Asian Development Bank to light up 45 such villages in India. The lanterns - which are powered by the sun - function at night through batteries that provide the light output. This simple form of technology lights up entire villages – allowing the villagers to do much more even when it’s dark.
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