”Without knowledge – no progress, and without electricity – no knowledge.”
That’s what Indian farmer Ashok Kumar Bajpayee said when he told us about life without power. Everyday life in rural India is certainly different from the urban way of life, but the people and their basic needs are not very different. It’s just that they don’t have access to power. This lack of basic infrastructure is the main obstacle for development.
With power comes prosperity. It allows a rural community to develop; both financially and socially. It enables access to media and communication – TV & Internet. Phone charging becomes simple and accessible, and lighting means that work can continue after sunset. Pumps and mills no longer need to run on diesel, meaning lower cost and less pollution.