Posts Tagged ‘Solar Sahelis’

First Indian-Made Solar Powered Torch Meets Lighting Global Quality Standards

July 12, 2019,  JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN – Frontier Markets, a company with the mission to provide access to quality clean energy solutions in rural India, has launched a solar powered torch that meets the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Quality Standards. Lighting Global, a World Bank Group initiative managed jointly by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and…

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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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