“Indian villages lit up by off-grid power”
Inside her mud and brick hut in the village of Purva in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Sukhrani is making a pot of lentils for dinner – in complete darkness.
The glow of a candle and the flame from a wood fire are the only sources of light for the woman who is in her 60s.
Her village has no electricity – it has never had any.
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“I have never seen an electric bulb,” she says, as she squats on the floor, wiping sweat off her face.
“The village I was born in had no electricity. I moved here after my marriage – and there was none here either.”
Purva is just one of hundreds of thousands of Indian villages which are either not connected to the country’s power grid, or lack uninterrupted power supply.