— Prashant Mandal, who lives in Madhotanda in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state. About 20 million households in Uttar Pradesh lack electricity. For those on the grid, power is often only available only a few hours a day. Solar kits like the one Mandal leases from SimpaNetworks provide reliable power for two LED lights and a fan. Before solar kits were available for lease, Mandal said he had to carry a battery a kilometer back and forth to recharge it. “Sometimes battery acid would spill and burn me,” he says. “One time it spilled and burned right through the fabric of my pants — all for power.” VIA NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (Photo: Rubén Salgado Escudero, National Geographic, showing villagers in India’s state of Odisha who trap fish using baskets and solar light.)

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