These solutions emerged out of an innovative approach to addressing grass-root problems. They result in better living standards through impact on education, health, environment, livelihood generation, women empowerment, communication and entertainment.
Energy is only an enabler. We measure impact in terms of improvement in an individual’s daily life across social, economic and environmental dimensions.
I do not have to run around frantically looking for things around the house with a kerosene lamp. My house is more organized and clean. I do tailoring for the people in the village and I get more time to do this after my house work; even into the night. The 24 hour supply from the micro-grid keeps me at peace
Laxmi Dhemtu Gowde, Viral, Joida, Karnataka
My wife and I now have secondary incomes from the flour mill I operate and the shop she runs. The shop was always there, but it is now open after sunset. Many of the people here who come back late from their farms, have a chance to buy basic essentials. We do not need to travel long distances for using a mill anymore
Santulal Behtikar, Khokmar, Melghat, Maharashtra
As a private social enterprise the organization emphasizes establishing a strong public-private- non-profit partnership for a cluster of villages. This, together with grass roots ownership and engagement of the villagers, in my view, has become instrumental in ensuring long term sustainability of their solutions and the positive impact thereof. I wish Gram Oorja the best as they scale their solutions to hundreds and thousands of remote villages
Aparna Katre, USA, Assistant Professor of Cultural Entrepreneurship Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures / University of Minnesota Duluth,