This sounds like good news:
“In the past year alone, the number of solar-powered household systems has doubled to 300,000, delivering electricity to 2.5 million people.
Leading the rapid expansion is Grameen Shakti, a sister concern of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus’s micro credit giant Grameen Bank. The charity, along with 14 other smaller organisations, extends loans with generous conditions to enable the poor to purchase the wherewithal to produce solar energy.
“Solar systems are selling so fast in rural areas that we’re struggling to keep up with demand,” said Dipal Barua, Grameen Shakti’s head.
Growth also means new employment opportunities. “We have created some 20,000 green jobs, some 2,000 of them employing rural women who earn a decent income of 100 dollars a month,” Barua said.”
Let’s just hope this can continue. The signs are promising, in that the charity has a proven track record of loaning money which is then paid back.
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