australian solar company pollinate energy brings light to slums of india
Every night, huge shantytowns in the country.
2 billion people, the air is filled with thick black smoke.
\"We used to get oil from the market, then pour it into the lamp and light it up;
The house was once full of soot and dirt, \"said Abdul of the slum --
Residents of Bangalore live in huts made of wooden boards and tarps.
Until Abdul purchased a portable solar Energy from a company called Pollinate Energy, which was created by five young Australian people.
\"After we improved the emergency light,\" Abdul said . \".
\"Now we are not worried about a fire.
\"There are 0. 4 billion people in India who do not have electricity.
Many of them live in thousands of slums in the city of the country.
\"They are people who come to the city from the countryside to find jobs, usually at construction sites or people who pick up Rags, who create life for themselves,\" Pollinate Energy co-
Said founder Kat Kimmorley.
\"They are a bit like the next new empire built by modern pharaoh slaves, and we are all the same. . .
This is a matter of course, right in front of us, [is]
The country here is completely ignored and invisible.
\"Pollinate Energy hired locals to sell lights in tents.
About $30 per light
For those who make a few dollars a day, this is a lot of money.
The company allows customers to pay in installments.
\"For most of the people we work in slums in these cities, when we supply solar energy, kimmorley MS:\" Every time I sell it, I think this is the same investment as Australian plasma TV. \".
The lights are very popular
The company has sold more than 7,000 vehicles and is expanding into two other Indian cities.
This is partly due to the fact that they are twice the number of phone chargers.
\"We found that customers pay twice as much for emergency lights as they pay for emergency lights --
\"Electric phone chargers,\" MS Kimmorley said.
\"So it just proves the fact that this is not only something we think can improve people\'s lives, but also a means to keep in touch with neighbors in urban slums.
\"It has a phone that can charge that phone,\" she said . \".
The popularity of mobile phones in India is huge.
There are more mobile phones than toilets.
Pollinate\'s team believes that solar lights can follow the same path.
\"Bangalore, the city we started with, was the first power-on city in India more than 100 years ago, but still in Bangalore, with only 70-80 cents on electricity, MS kimmorley said.
The phone is in Bangalore, central China.
In their 80 s, they were able to spread the distributed system to 95 of the total population within 20 years.
\"We think that distributed lighting sources, such as solar energy, are not power grids --
The connected system is exactly the same.
If we can give people a distributed light source, then we can get this absorption of mobile phones.
\"India\'s urban population will double in the next 20 years, which puts tremendous pressure on land and services. India\'s slum-
Residents face many problems
Lack of electricity is just one of them-
But MS Kimmorley said that the simple words of light can change a person\'s life in many ways.
\"We found that by providing light, the children go to school and the mothers work at night,\" she said . \".
\"They see the opportunity and they have taken the next step forward. \" Topics:solar-
Energy, poverty, environmentsustainable-