Poverty largely cohabits with energy poverty. While there are many definitions for energy poverty, a pragmatic view is that energy poverty is the lack of access to modern energy services. The divide between rural and urban India in terms of their access to electricity is quite stark. According to Census 2011, 80.7 million households in India live without electricity.
Issues of Energy Poverty :
- Households and micro enterprises suffering from energy poverty often rely on polluting, in-efficient and expensive sources of lighting such as candles, oil lamps, AA batteries etc.
- One may think these lighting sources are cheap but on the contrary it is exactly opposite. These under-served households and micro enterprises pay a relatively huge price on lighting alone
- Living under energy poverty has negative impacts on health and safety, productivity and standard of living, which in turn stunts the socio-economic development of these under-served households and micro enterprises.
One of the questionnaire we devised on our early visit to one of the households on the foothpaths of Borivali Station, Mumbai.
- How much is the average income of families living here?
They earn somewhere between Rs.200-Rs.300 each day
- What is source of income for these families?
Men make their living by selling in local markets and women do the domestic work.
- Where are they originally from?
They have migrated to Mumbai from Gujarat to make their living.
- Average no. of members in their family ?
5-6 people (minimum)
- Do they have any source of light in their house?
- Some of them use lamps that burn on kerosene (They spend approx. Rs. 70/ month )
- Some of them make use of torch lights, and some manage with only the street lights and yet others, simply live in the dark.
- When questioned “how do you think light will change your life”, they answered –
- 10 years old girl says “Hum raat mein homework kar payenge, dar bhi nahi lagega aur mein khushi ke sath tash khel paungi”(I will be able to study at night , nights for me wouldnt be scary then and also i will get to play for long in the evening with my friends).
- One of woman said that they can work for longer hours outside home as they will be able to cook later at night
- How many mobile phones do they have ?
Every house has at least one mobile phone.
- How much do they spend on charging their phone?
- They spend Rs.10 every time they have to charge their phone in a shop.
- Some of them buy the automotive battery, they spend Rs.100 each time to recharge the battery which lasts for maximum 8 days.
By this we were sure that we at Piconergy will not only help this segment of the society with the access to electricity but also help them to reduce the burden of the financial stress borne by them due to heavy charges leived for illuminating/ electrifying their houses using unsafe, inefficient and hazardous means such as Kerosene, oil lamps etc
Let us all join hands in making this place equal for everyone .
Let us make this place a reason for everyones happiness.
Help us come together to bring light in peoples life.
Hey, We would invite you all to help us find a place suffering largely from energy poverty. We will make sure we will reach them as we continue to work on our mission.
Please comment below with the location and a pictures (if possible) of the houses that do not have access to electricity.