Solar Lanterns Light Up Villages in India

Video | 11 June 2012

An ADB-assisted project provides solar lanterns to rural villages in northern India, empowering communities to study, do chores and lead more productive lives at night.

Transcript

Title: Solar Lanterns Light Up Homes in India

Description: An ADB assisted project provides solar lanterns to rural villages in northern India, empowering communities to study, do chores and lead more productive lives at night.

VO: 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.

SOT: Shyamwati,
Housewife
Goyla Village, India
Before, it was dark at night, we were not able to see anything. When the lanterns came, it made a big difference. Now I am able to cook and the children are able to study at night.

VO: 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 Insitute 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.