We work till quite late at Piconergy, spending a lot of time on the field when it is dark, sometimes walking upto 10 kms a day in search of places where we can make a difference. Every step shows us the world from a different perspective and teaches us something new. Let me share one such story which baffled us , and probably will puzzle you too.
During our field walks, we spotted this migrant family which lives on the Western Express Highway around North Mumbai. On approaching them, we found they were in complete darkness with their four children. During our sit down with them, we found out the only source of lighting they have is a small Nokia phone with a basic torch feature, which hardly can be put to any productive use.
Now comes the astonishing bit. This family spends 10 Rupees a day to charge this mobile phone. Let’s do an interesting math now. This phone does not consume more than 5-6 Watt-hours of energy on a single charge, multiply that with 30 days and still, it only consumes no more than 200 W-hrs, which is one-fifth of an electrical energy unit (kW-hr). If you check the prices, this family hardly consumes ONE RUPEE of electricity per month for which they are shelling out 250-300 Rs/month!
Strange isn’t it! Let us put it in this way, how would you react if your next visit to the petrol pump costs you 20,000 Rs for a litre! Energy Poverty is real, and that’s where we are trying to make a difference.
We invite you all to join us to make a difference.
Comment and also Share with us if you know of any household from the un-served segment suffering from energy poverty. Believe us you will help in creating a huge positive impact in the society