Read this story to discover how easy it is for YOU to help light up a remote village!
FACT: 400 million Indians live in darkness after the sun sets
FACT: Many villages have not experienced electricity and that defines their life.
* We want to bring light to these villages.
* We want to do this at a cost of just 710 INR per home.
* If you fund 7100 INR you can light up 10 homes for 3-5 years *
* The solar devices that will be used are from a firm called d.light SOLAR. They are world leaders & have been working in villages in Africa for the last 10 years. The 3-5 year estimate is based on their experience there.
The downside of not having light:
Education suffers, as kids cannot read. Kerosene lamps come with the danger of fire, injury and even death. Lifestyles are impacted as most work needs to finish before sunset & the village continues to live in the 19th century as they have minimal access to information and news around them (no radios etc.). Plus, it’s expensive, as 10-20% of their income goes towards kerosene, which powers most lanterns.Together, let’s transform & light up a village in remote Maharashtra.
It cost just INR 710 per home to light up a village. That’s all it takes!
How do we do it?
We are looking at tested, solar-powered solutions to bring light to remote villages in rural India.Currently, households with no access to reliable electricity rely on kerosene lamps or candles for light after sunset. These sources of light are dangerous, emit low quality light and are expensive as they have recurring costs.(Each home pitches in with 100 INR to get these devices. We ensure they pay this small amount so that they maintain these devices and take care of them, rather than just treat them as a freebie. Total cost adds up to 810 INR)
The models of solar lamps that we can install in homes with their current MRP in ₹.Images courtesy d.light SOLAR
Model A1 - 325 INR Model S2 - 495 INR Model S 20 - 699 ₹
Each home gets a combination of the above products.
COMBINATION A: Choose from one number of A1+ one model of S 20 = MRP of 1024
COMBINATION B: Choose two numbers of Model S2 = 2 lamps with a MRP of 990 INR
The products are from d.light, a global leader in solar-powered solutions for "off-grid" households.
Details of the village:
Sinduri is a village in Maharashtra located close to the borders of both Gujarat and MP. This village has no access to electricity; it lies in remote northern part of Maharashtra in adistrict called Nandurbar and has some of the lowest literacy rates in the state. Bringing light to this village will transform the lives of the people .
Project cost breakup:
Name of the village: Sinduri, Maharashtra state
Approximate number of households: 233 numbers
Total lights required: 466 for homes
Cost of lights is INR 810 out of which 100 INR is funded by each home. Nett cost you fund is INR 710
Individuals impacted: 1297 approximately
Cost of project for crowdfunding: 233 homes * 710 INR = 1.66 Lakh INR
THE TOTAL PROJECT COST IS 1.66 LAKHS.
(In addition to this 23300 INR is collected from 233 homes in the village by the NGO to ensure there is commitment to maintain and take care of these solar devices)
By having a solar device with zero running cost a beneficiary can expect
- A positive impact on education of kids – as they can easily have access to light .
- Cost savings of upto 10000 INR over five years.
- Increased safety from the elimination of accidental fires caused by kerosene lamps,
- Better health as there are no kerosene fumes.
- Increased productivity & a change in lifestyle.
- Reduced carbon emissions.
A combination of the above 3 models is what each household gets.
They can choose from one of the 2 combinations available.
COMBINATION A: The home can choose from one number of A1+ one model of S 20 = MRP of 1024
COMBINATION B: They choose two numbers of Model S2 = 2 lamps with a MRP of 990 INR
Images of Sinduri village:
Image: Houses in Sinduri Village on the hills.
Image: Typical homes in Sinduri.
Suryoday Parivar is an NGO based out of Indore. We are a Non-Profit organization headed by Sadguru Shri Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. The primary focus of our trust is to support and work towards upliftment of the underprivileged and the farming community in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
Details about the Solar lighting device partner:
d. light SOLAR: Their innovative, affordable solar-energy solutions are transforming the way people all over the world use and pay for energy. They envision a future where everyone is empowered by the freedom and improved quality of life that comes with access to reliable, affordable & clean solar energy. They have already impacted over 65 million people across 62 developing countries. Their aim is to reach 100 million people by 2020.
Risks and challenges
# Executional risks: Some of the households may not be able to pay 100 INR because of financial constraints. We may take a judgement call in the fields & decide if they can be given the solar lamps inspite of the same.
# While the count of households is currently 233 numbers there may be a change in numbers when we actually go to implement the actual distribution of the solar devices.
# The devices have a warranty of 1 (model A1) & 2 years (models S2 & S20). Based on the learnings & literature available online we have indicated a life of 3 to 5 years in the field based on how they have performed in AFRICA. In real life based on usage the life of these devices may vary. The devices have inbuilt batteries for storage of solar energy and cannot be repaired if they do not work – in the warranty period the entire device is replaced.
Other info about the village : Sinduri
Block / Tehsil → Akkalkuwa
District → Nandurbar
State → Maharashtra
According to Census 2011 information the location code or village code of Sinduri village is 525005. Sinduri village is located in Akkalkuwa Tehsil of Nandurbar district in Maharashtra, India. It is situated 110km away from sub-district headquarter Akkalkuwa and 150km away from district headquarter Nandurbar. As per 2009 stats, Sinduri village is also a gram panchayat.The total geographical area of village is 1175.04 hectares. Sinduri has a total population of 1,297 peoples.There are about 233 houses in Sinduri village. Rajpipala (Gujarat) is the nearest town to Sinduri which is approximately 55km away.
Village Google Location:
|Sinduri - Village Overview|
|Gram Panchayat :||Sinduri|
|Block / Tehsil :||Akkalkuwa|
|Area :||1175.04 hectares|
|Nearest Town :||Rajpipala (guj) (55 km)|