The fan is turned on and beams a cool breeze inside the room. A six month old baby is sleeping on the bed. The smiling young mother, Mrs Sri Lata Rani, explains that she does not have to pay for the electricity - as it is provided by a community solar grid supported by the LoCAL-UNCDF project.
Apart from keeping the baby cool, the electrical fan prevents mosquitoes from getting near the baby - potentially saving the family from costly health problems.
On top of these valuable benefits, the community also connected with LoCAL’s mechanism and started working on their own plans: the villagers hope the solar system can produce energy for the next 15 to 20 years - if the equipment is well managed.
A Solar Power Conditioning Unit that transforms and re-dispatches electricity to the 13 houses connected on the community grid. So they decided to set up a village revolving fund to maintain the solar grid system. Each month, each family gives around 25 cents to the fund. The money is used to buy new fuses and batteries or to fix any problem that could arise with the equipment.