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BBC: Indian women lighting the way for change

In India’s desert state of Rajasthan, rural women are becoming the surprise agents of change, convincing coal-reliant communities to switch to solar. They are called “Solar Sahelis” or “solar friends”, and their job is to convince their neighbors to invest in solar-powered solutions. But it’s not easy. For decades, rural India has been flooded with…

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Meet 5 start-up queens who are changing small town India as we know it

Ajaita Shah grew up in New York and moved to India after graduating from Tufts University, Massachusetts, with a desire to give back. She returned to her roots, to Jaipur, and after working in micro-finance for many years (where she saw rural households struggle without electricity), she started Frontier Markets. The idea was to help…

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How solar energy is helping this entrepreneur power rural India

In rural villages in India far from electric grids, life gets harder when the sun goes down. Children study by the light of smoky kerosene lamps, which might tip over and cause a blaze. Even if a woman is fortunate enough to own a sewing machine to support her family, she must stop work without…

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