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Development without power

”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.

The solution? Micropower from OMC = small-scale energy for both mobile networks and rural communities.

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Full transcript:

Ram Gopal Bajpai, Retired export accountant
”Our only alternatives to electric power are small batteries and diesel engines. Nothing else.”

Rajesh Awasthi, Farmer & local politician
”There are so many benefits with power. For households, for water pumps… Power is very important for our lives here.”

Ram Gopal Bajpai, Retired export accountant
”The flour mills run on diesel, as do the rice mills and the irrigation. We charge phones using small batteries.”

Ashok Kumar Bajpayee, Farmer
”If I had power, I would not have to buy diesel for the pumping set. I would not have to use the diesel generator for the water pump.”

Rajesh Awasthi, Farmer & local politician
”What we get for 100 rupees worth of diesel, we get for 50 rupees worth of electricity. For farming purposes, 50 percent is a big saving for us.”

Ashok Kumar Bajpayee, Farmer
”Without power, we can’t watch TV or use the Internet. We don’t get access to any media. Without knowledge – no progress, and without electricity – no knowledge.”

Rajesh Awasthi, Farmer & local politician
”With power, a village will prosper and the movement from rural to urban areas will stop. The village will develop, and because expenses here are low, people will stay. If power comes.”

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