September 6, 2010

Villages make decision to participate in Solar Lantern project

On Tuesday 24th August, Shakti Organisation General Secretary Mr Akhil Panda accompanied TERI State Representative Mr Prasant Kumar Swain to K Marapas, Musatakiri and Barangpas villages in Kasipur block, Rayagada District with local project leader Manoj Kumar Beuria to conduct meetings with village representatives , Women's SHG Presidents and other villagers to discuss participation in TERI's Lighting a Billion Lives Project. It is expected that 7 villages in the area, all having no electricity supply, will participate in the first phase of this effort which is being facilitated through the auspices of Shakti Organisation. This project will bring the benefits of Solar Lanterns to each household, and provide employment for one local youth from each village who will be trained to manage the village charging station. Using a Fee for Service model will ensure long term sustainability of Lantern use by building up a village household fund for battery replacement and maintenance activities.

K Marapas Meeting

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K Marapas meetingEeryone squeezes into village meeting hall

Musatakiri Meeting

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