Nira Devi

Nira Devi

Nira Devi is a government school teacher and well-known among her fellow villagers. She is responsible for the income of her entire family since her husband does not work. When you enter her house, you can see existing solar panels connected to a large lead-acid battery and four lamps. Unfortunately most of the equipment does not work any more.
Many reasons come together for Nira to become a Local Energy Supplier. The poor energy conditions in the village, her outdated equipment, and the caretaking of her 4 daughters, son and grandchildren. With the bulbs from the Energy Kit, she has working light in her house again. At the same time she can rent out the 12 portable lamps that come along with the kit to generate extra income, which is much needed to finance the expenditures in food, health and education for her large family.

Due to her status as teacher, she attracts a lot of attention in the village. When it was known she was installing a new energy product, the villagers were curious and came to her place to have a look. They really need a lighting solution and thus all here available lamps were rented out immediately on the first day only.  To keep track of her busy business, she started maintaining an accounting ledger, and wrote numbers on the lamps to make it clear to whom it is rented, and who paid what. Some customers even paid in advance to make sure they have a secure lighting solution in the night for the coming weeks.
This story not only signifies the poor energy status in the Nebhi, but also shows the potential of the Energy Kit in these remote areas with no grid availability. On top of that, entrepreneurial villagers can earn an extra income that serves the community like Nira does. Other villagers feel inspired to do the same as Nira and she is receiving a lot of questions on how to become a Local Energy Supplier as well.