THE STORY: GOAL: to bring clean and affordable lighting to 360 million people in India living in 74 million rural households who do not have access to electricity. Electricity allows access to better education and the opportunity for industry and business to flourish. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Touched lives of more than 6,000 such people by providing solar home lighting systems to 1,100 such homes in Bihar, UP, Assam and Jharkhand More than 9000 homes have been lit up transforming the lives of over 30000 people Inspired 56 new entrepreneurs in the field of Solar Energy earning approx Rs 5000 per month 15 ‘Yuvacharyas’ have been trained as Solar Engineers to install and service Home Lighting Systems Set up 6 Solar Micro Grids in India as a pilot for our Integrated Rural Energy Access Model Village Program WHAT WILL YOUR DONATION DO? Make studying joyful for children with better illumination and no harmful CO2 emissions. Provide solar power for livelihood and bring new pride to women entrepreneurs. Make access to medical aid possible even at night. WHY SHOULD YOU DONATE? 400 million of India’s population (40% of rural households) lack access to electricity - help bring them into the 21st century and rise out of poverty with increased business oppportunities 60 million children living in rural India without electricity have difficulty getting an education and rising out of poverty because they cannot study at night - no electricity leads to limited eduaction which leads to continued poverty. Help a child find access to newer opportunities Traditional fuel combustion, the primary source of indoor air pollution, causes between 300,000-400,000 deaths per year in India alone - help create a safer and healthier environment PLEASE INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN THE TEAM AND BY SHARING THIS ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, OR THROUGH EMAIL TO PARTICPATE SO TOGETHER WE CAN ILLUMINATE RURAL INDIA!