Akhtari

Akhtari

Karamdih (village) -  Akhtari has four daughters, a big responsibility as they have to get them married. (It is to be noted that these daughters are not allowed to work and earn as the family might be considered a typical conservative family). The husband is the only earning member of the family as he used to work as a truck driver. However, he is too old for that now. He now became more of a religious leader in the community and also teaches Urdu and Arabic language to children in madrasas. The family does not have a good income and is to some extent also dependent on the income generated through the renting out of lamps as Local Energy Suppliers. The family has around 10 customers at present and his customer base fluctuates from 8-14 according the season and demand.

For the family, the caste system is prevalent in the village and as a resultant. In their village the harijans (Shudras, the lowest caste) faces discrimination. The harijans are the poorest of the population and do not have access to grid power. Muslims do not believe in caste and therefore, Akhtari's house is always open for Shudras to take lamps on rent and therefore gain access to light.