April 29, 2019
Continuing his journey through India, Thomas Deflandre and his girlfriend Laura Ponchel meet three remarkable women who literally light up people’s lives.
I’ve just had one of those life-affirming moments. I’ve always known light has a powerful effect on people’s lives but today, while visiting rural villages, south of Delhi, I saw first-hand its transformative power. It also reminded me that what we do as a company really matters.
It was day six of our odyssey. My girlfriend Laura and I were up with the lark to visit three Solar Saheli meaning “Solar Friends” – three women living in rural villages who champion solar technology in their local communities. They are the last mile link in the chain. Having received training in solar power and electricity, they are the local advocates and sales representatives in their village. If you want to light a village in India successfully, these entrepreneurs are your best bet to make it happen. Yet what they do goes far beyond just selling lights.