Access to solar electricity is radically transforming living conditions in the villages. Children can finally study and do their homework in the evening. As it gets dark very early, daily chores (cooking, washing up, etc.) and social life seemed almost impossible after the sunset.

In collaboration with the Barefoot College in Tilonia (India), Shining Hope and Karuna-Shechen work to strengthen the economic empowerment of the village illiterate women by training them as photovoltaic electricians (electricity from the sun’s energy captured by solar panels).

After their training, the women return to their villages to install solar lighting systems in their homes and take care of their maintenance.

Once the women return from their apprenticeship, they have legitimacy with the village and more particularly with the men of the village, because of the knowledge they have acquired. They are asked to organise weekly meetings to manage the living conditions of the village. This is a considerable step forward in terms of women’s rights.

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