Updated: Jul 2, 2018
Mrida solar microgrids and agricultural interventions are not meant to be an end in themselves, but rather a means to an end – namely, sustainable and holistic rural development.
The access to clean energy brings new local economic opportunities for villagers and improves rural livelihoods. Children can study after sunset, while women-folk can set up Self Help Groups engaged in activities such as stitching, weaving, pulse grinding and traditional handicrafts among others – using the extra working hours to generate supplementary household and village income. This truly becomes a virtuous circle as the villagers end up earning more than what they spend for the energy access in the first place, thereby generating wealth in a sustainable manner.