Karamdih (village) - Pinku had her kit installed around December 2013, just two months after her husband’s death, in order to add a source of income to the family after suddenly losing the main earning member of the family. She has three children – the elder boy who lives in Gaya (still not big enough to earn) and two girls. They really look forward to the education of their children and this is why even after the struggle they face, they have sent their son to Gaya where he lives in a rented house so that he gets a good atmosphere to study. Pinku agrees that it is very difficult for her to manage his expenses but this is what she really wants – “babu should study there” (my dear son should study there). Main source of income is selling vegetables grown on the small piece of land they own but the earning through the renting of lamps also provide great help in ensuring meeting basic ends in the family. The family is happy with the rental model, as it offers good service. Else, how would they be able to catch Rina and Rita to get products replaced so quickly.
They mainly harvest corn. Within the family, the husband passed away, which led to a decrease of income. Being able to obtain clean energy and to sell energy made it possible to generate a steady income. Presently, they have 1 kit with 12 lamps. They are able to rent all of them right now. However, they always change their number of lamps, as per the demand. In festive seasons, and in seasons when grid power is really bad – they call Rina and tell her to increase the number of lamps. In season the customers increase from 12 to 18 and sometimes to 20.