Household lighting, Odisha

For this tribal community in the Kalahandi district of Odisha, this project not only represents their first electricity through the installation of solar home systems, but also their first experience of bank accounts.  The grant is providing risk underwriting to allow a local rural bank to give loans to 500 households who have no credit history, to enable this very rural community to introduce electricity to their homes and provide power for micro-enterprises such as sewing machines to enhance their livelihood opportunities.