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Manipur is a north eastern state and the sunset is early comparatively with other parts of India. Imphal is the capital city and Ukrul District is located 90 km away from the capital. At Ukrul the electricity supply is erratic and limited. The shopkeepers spend minimum 2 candles per day to sell their products in the evening which costs Rs.10/- per day. Accendo Solar Lamp is a blessing for these shopkeepers which provide bright light, more number of hours with a solar charging facility. One of the shopkeepers a lady said, “ I got through SHG loan this lamp is handy and simple, lighting this lamp when there is no power supply it make huge difference I just love to posses this”. The shopkeepers felt that besides giving brighter light compared to candle it is also cost effective.
Lalan and his family from Bihar settled 11 years back at Ukhrul and running a grocery and vegetable shop at Phungreitang. Taking the advantage of solar light the family is able to sort out the good and rotten onion, garlic and ginger at night, able to save time in the morning. Apart from that they are able to sell for two more hours extra which is fetching extra income per day for them. Accendo light is also substituting the street light, torch light and hawker light. When we interacted with Mr. Tuizar a resident of Ukrul said “Without proper light it is difficult to move out as the roads are full of potholes and stagnant water”.
Source: VVD Microfinance Program Report, Apr 2010 – Jun 2012