Toward Vibrant Green Urban Slums – India
This initiative seeks to create a "one-stop shop" for slum communities' renewable
energy needs. "Toward Vibrant Green Urban Slums" intends to create centers that provide
efficient lighting and cooking systems, among other resources. The project aims to make slums more
environmentally friendly, and at the same time healthier.
- 5,000 people targeted in 3 slums
- 1,000 efficient LED lights to be distributed
- 200 jobs to be created
Cities in India are growing, as very poor laborers migrate there in search of employment. This is in spite
of the fact they often lack adequate or saleable skills. Frequently these migrants live without access to
minimum energy needs and other infrastructure. The metropolis of Hyderabad has India’s highest
proportion of slum population. The poor people there use kerosene for lighting, or make use of open
three-stone stoves or portable, low-efficiency metal stoves for cooking.
This program, supported by S3IDF, aims to establish
“akshay urja” centers, or renewable energy centers, to distribute energy-efficient
technologies. These would include solar LED lighting, solar photovoltaic LED lighting for street hawkers,
and improved, efficient cook stoves. The project will organize planning meetings and local committees to
carry out work at these centers. This serves to educate and mobilize people to switch to more
Helping the planet
Tapping solar energy for lighting and using more efficient cook stoves reduces the demand for and use of
fossil fuels like kerosene. This not only averts the environmental destruction that occurs from extracting
such resources, it also prevents the release of greenhouse gases and other pollution during their
Adopting more efficient means of lighting and cooking would save people money, helping to lift them out of
the cycle of poverty. People who use these efficient technologies also benefit from a healthier
environment, both indoor and outdoor, as they are no longer burning kerosene for lighting or wood for
This project represents an extension of such work in rural communities, demonstrating how the project can
be replicated and scaled up. Intensive training and facilitation of self-employment will also allow the
project to expand. The role of akshay urja centers, for example, could evolve into IT kiosks that provide
education and communication services. Sharing the wealth of data collected during this project, only
further contributes to its potential for replication.
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