The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Uninor under their respective social initiatives will be enhancing the lives of 5000+ people living in 20 villages of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The strategic social partnership between TERI’s ‘Lighting a Billion Lives’ (LaBL) and Uninor’s ‘Aditi Urja Vikas’ campaign will help extend solar charging facilities in rural India.
This mutually beneficial initiative is not just about spreading awareness on solar energy but is also about encouraging a sustainable model of economic growth among rural women. Under this collaboration, a local community woman will be selected and trained to take the responsibility for day-to-day operations of the charging station. Solar lanterns are rented out by this new entrepreneur against payment of a nominal amount every evening, and returned in the morning to be recharged. Mobile phone charging through solar energy is also provided to the rural community. In addition, Uninor will also help create income generation opportunities for the woman entrepreneur by training them on selling mobile telecom services locally.
Lighting a Billion Lives
“The LaBL campaign is a visionary initiative, which cannot be fulfilled by TERI alone. Corporate partners like Uninor who too believe in the ethos of the campaign will help us reach a billion lives. With roughly 25% of 1.4 billion across the world still toiling in darkness in India alone, LaBL is not just about alternate energy but it is about empowering the underpowered through solar power”, said, Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director-General, TERI.
Till date the LaBL campaign has enlightened almost 200,000 people in India covering 650 villages across 16 states in India and the journey continues.