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Lighting Up Lives

West Bengal

Initiative: 
Solar Electrification in off-grid region leveraging the strength of Joint Liability Groups 
 
District Covered: 
Sundarban 
 
Beneficiary: 
Khetramohanpur Bhagabati Ballika Vidyalaya 
 
Challenge: 
Non availability of electricity in school hostel 
 
Success: 
Project implemented in 03 phases through coverage of total 45 JLGs and 450 rural households of S-24 Parganas (39 micro-clusters) & Purulia (06 micro-clusters) 
 
Solution: 
  • Design of suitable business model through community contribution for replacing kerosene lamps with Solar LED lights 
  • Formation of a Joint Liability Group for availing financial assistance from NABARD 
  • Financial assistance of Z137340/-provided by NABARD for installation of 75 Solar LED lights in the hostel together with a loan of Z112340 sanctioned by Regional Head Office 
  • 110 school children residing in the hostel who were earlier contributing for use of kerosene lamps, now contribute approximately Z2/- per child per day so as to raise a daily collection of 225/- per day (Z 3/- per solar light) to maintain the lights and system and also to repay the soft loan.