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Light up lives
Oppurtunities for partnership
How you can help?
- Solar Villages
- School Lighting Program
- Street Hawkers model
Solar Villages: The Need
- We take utmost care to work with our financial partners to design payment schedules which adequately reflect the cash flows of the customer.
- Despite this, some of our customers find it hard to put a down-payment which is usually 10-15 % of the cost of the system.
- Further, they are deemed credit unworthy if they do not possess adequate collateral.
- We propose that a partnership can be reached between SELCO and your organization whereby your organization either
- Provides the margin money/deposit to facilitate purchase of the solar system.
- Stands as a guarantor to cover non-repayment of loans (SELCO customers have a 95% repayment rate).
- Donates the system to school as part of a wider education initiative.
- Benefits for you:
- These project address a whole spectrum of challenges facing our society from climate change , education to livelihood generation. Be at the forefront fighting these challenges!
- We are not an NGO but a sustainable social organization. You can be assured that your contributions will not be used on overhead and administration.
- If you are a company , then your brand will have access and brand recall to the vast rural hinterland which we service. Do well by doing good!
A Solar Village Bommalapura, Mysore
- According to the Planning Commission of India, more than one third population of India live in off the grid areas and an equal number of people live in areas with unreliable grid electricity and frequent power cuts.
- Last mile connectivity missing and when present, reliability is a huge issue.
- These villages survive on petromax, kerosene lamps which adversely affects their health.
- Also has severe repercussions on occupational income and the education of children because of the dimness of the light
- For the same level and quality of light, kerosene is 325 times more expensive than a standard incandescent bulb and 1,625 times more expensive than a CFL.
- Solar energy offers decentralized, clean and over the long term cheaper source of energy.
Street Hawkers Model
- Bommalapura-remote village 65 km from Mysore.
- Whole village previously unelectrified despite having grid line pass through.
- Populace were small farmers who worked as daily labourers in the off-season.
- Intervention: SELCO in partnership with a prominent rural co-operative bank provided 28 families with customised LED light systems with the families being able to pay off the cost in 5 years.
- Story featured in Deccan Herald March 2,2010 under headline 'From Darkness to Light'
How it works
- Street hawkers in India sell their wares with the aid of kerosene and petro max lamps.
- This often end up damaging the produce and imposing a high daily cost on the cash strapped vendor.
- SELCO has developed an unique business model whereby these vendors can avail of clean, bright light at an affordable price everyday through solar entrepreneurs.
- This provides additional income for the entrepreneurs as well as increases the livelihood of the vendor because he can sell his wares under better quality light for longer hours.
School Lighting Program: A Background
How it works
- " I read under the dim light of a kerosene lamp. I am what I am today because of education."-PM Manmohan Singh.
- Unfortunately even after 60+ years since the PM's time, students mostly use kerosene lamps for studying at night.
- Studying in dim kerosene light adversely impacts performance in schools and cause irreversible strain to the eyes.
- Teachers say the most common excuse given by students for not completing their homework is lack of proper study light at home.
- Based on the learnings from schemes like mid day meals and distribution of cycles , which have contributed to improvement in enrolment and attendance of kids in schools by providing an incentive.
- Government Model Primary School, Coorg District , Karnataka
- Successfully implemented between second week of February to third week of March 2010, covering 21 students who lacked grid electricity at home.
- Partnership with a local NGO who played a prominent role in monitoring and feedback collection of pilot test.
- Outcome: Project was enthusiastically received by teachers and students alike. Students using solar light could study for a longer duration as compared to using kerosene lamps without any irritation or pain to eyes.
- Teachers said there is improvement in homework of students using solar light as compared to earlier using kerosene lamps.