Is India safe after dark

Solar lamps in India

Until recently, the Shreerangamma and Hariprasad siblings did their homework under the light of a kerosene lamp. Within a very short time, the gases from the inefficient kerosene lamp, which is harmful to the climate and health, filled the hut. The mother Thumalamma remembers: In the evening it was already stressful, “Cooking, cleaning, homework. We had to have everything done in less than two hours. "

Renewable energies for the "untouchables"

The family is a Dalit. The Dalits from the villages of the Indian district of Tumkur live as “untouchables” at the end of the social hierarchy. They are outside the caste system and are therefore considered worthless and impure. They face constant discrimination. The Dalits have no land and work for a starvation wage on the fields of the rich rulers. They live in separate settlements some distance from the main village, where they have no electricity or street lights. The lack of a power grid connection forces families to use kerosene lamps that are harmful to health as a light source. However, the light from the kerosene lamps is so bad that activities after dark are hardly possible. Since the kerosene not only emits harmful fumes, but is also very cost-intensive, the income of the Dalit families is rarely enough for more than two hours of light in the evening.

In order to improve the living conditions of Dalit families who depend on decentralized power supply, the Rural Environment and Development Society (REDS), a joint project partner of Bread for the World and MISEREOR, supplies households with solar lamps. As part of the project, a total of 4,163 photovoltaic systems will be installed on the families' huts. Each household is equipped with one portable and three permanently installed LED lamps.

Advantages of solar lamps

With the introduction of solar lamps, a lot changed in the lives of families: The climate-friendly solar lamps help families to achieve a quality of light that is much higher than that of the harmful kerosene lamps. They also ensure direct savings in CO2Emissions. Thanks to improved indoor air and lighting quality, families can now make better use of the evening hours: the children can read and learn and the women can sew something in the evening in order to generate additional income.

In addition, there is another plus point of the climate protection project: The solar lamps create perspectives for young people and especially women in the community. They are trained in lamp maintenance and repair and given responsibility. This gives them professional prospects and enables them to earn their own income.

Through the solar lamp project, marginalized families actively strengthen the economic development of their region and contribute to the fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the Gold Standard Register you can see the decommissioned certificates transparently and get an overview of the climate and development effects of the certified project: