Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/15/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Extraordinary step intended to cut down on kerosene lamps, oil burning

In the slums of New Delhi, India, where starvation, disease and filth run rampant, a most extraordinary thing is happening. The poor here are being given solar lamps in order to use cleaner energy. The smoke from kerosene lamps, in addition to wood burning stoves, has made the air there hazardous. Pollinate Energy, a social enterprise start-up is helping people living in the slums to use cleaner energy.

Many poor urban communities in India are forced to live by candlelight. Slum tenants also use polluting fuels like kerosene, or 'steal energy' by illegally tapping in to the power lines of wealthier neighborhoods.

Many poor urban communities in India are forced to live by candlelight. Slum tenants also use polluting fuels like kerosene, or "steal energy" by illegally tapping in to the power lines of wealthier neighborhoods.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/15/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Slums, India, solar power, off the grid


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pollinate Energy, which began in 2013, is one of thousands of businesses in India tapping into the clean energy market. It's estimated that 35-40 percent of the entire population has no access to electricity.

Many poor urban communities in India are forced to live by candlelight. Slum tenants also use polluting fuels like kerosene, or "steal energy" by illegally tapping in to the power lines of wealthier neighborhoods.

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

Pollinate Energy markets and sells renewable energy lanterns and stoves on a five-week, interest-free payment plan to families living under tarpaulin sheets in Bangalore's slums.

"There are actually a lot of organizations selling clean energy products in the rural sector already, and we found that there was a big gap in the market in the urban sector," Monique Alfris, co-founder of Pollinate Energy says. "Nobody believes that there are people in urban environments who are using kerosene for light."

As opposed to those who reside in developed nations, "living off the grid" usually means living in a self-sustaining environment in remote, rural areas. The opposite is true for India, where millions of people are off the grid in urban centers. Burning fuel in poorly ventilated places like a tent or small hut contributes to indoor air pollution, which can cause premature death in women and young children.

New alternatives such as solar lanterns and clean cooking stoves are now being manufactured on a larger scale. However, urban slum and village communities have not been aware of these new technologies and have not bought the products.

Pollinate Energy says there is a serious need to focus on urban areas, given the thousands of rural migrants streaming into India's towns and cities every day, who face "energy poverty" - a lack of access to modern energy services.

"India is one of the fastest urbanizing countries in the world. There are always more and more people coming into the cities," Alfris says.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Conspiracy theorists try to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of Malaysian Air Flight MH370 - Did terrorists plant the discovered plane debris as a distraction? Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Since the recent discovery of plane wreckage on an Indian Ocean island, conspiracy theorists have formulated several attempts to provide an answer to the mysterious disappearing of Malaysian Air Flight MH370. Some even claim the discovered debris was planted there by ... continue reading


Dancing lights in Japanese sky spark concern over alien life Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Ten bright lights spotted above the sky in Osaka City, Japan, were recorded and posted online. Within the two-minute clip, the lights appeared to be dancing, puzzling those who viewed the video as to whether alien life is visiting us or the recording is merely a hoax. ... continue reading


Piece of Flight MH370? Mysterious plane debris washes up on Indian Ocean island that could be missing Malaysian MH370 Watch

Image of A sand sculpture urging all to pray for MH370.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Photos of what could be a piece of the missing Malaysian Air Flight MH370 have surfaced over the internet. The photo, posted on Twitter, appear to "a plane flap or wing that had washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island," according to Fox News. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


HOUSE OF HORRORS: 97 bodies of children, adults found stacked inside ancient Chinese house Watch

Image of In trying to determine the sudden influx of dead bodies, researchers came to one conclusion. The dead came in faster than they could be buried in a village that contained dozens of small, one-room houses.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Researchers are baffled in a recent grisly discovery in northeast China. A small, 210 square-foot home in a prehistoric village has yielded 97 skeletons of men, women, and children. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 5,000-year-old home housed the skeletal remains ... continue reading


Chinese Christians protest 'evil Communist campaign' to destroy crosses Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Christian leaders have set up demonstrations in eastern China to take a stand against the "evil" campaign to eliminate crosses; a plan many see as a coordinated Communist party attack on their religion. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - No less than 1,200 ... continue reading


Military combats return to Japan after seven decades of strict restrictions Watch

Image of

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the first time in 70 years, Japan's military will now have limited powers to participate in military activities concerning conflicts, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe triumphed over public demonstrations and oppositions against the new legislation. The Prime Minister ... continue reading


Tibetan Monk Delek Rinpoche cremated in Chinese prison against family's wishes Watch

Image of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died in prison and was then cremated against public wishes.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Tibetan Monk, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's body has been cremated against the will of his family in a secret Chinese prison. Prior to the cremation, protests erupted after news that the Monk was killed while in prison. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Famous Siberian 60-meter deep crater mystery solved Watch

Image of Yamal crater B-1 not caused by meteor as previously thought.

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A "never observed" process that has puzzled Russian scientists is now understood. Through an expedition last week, researchers found out that the massively large holes, appearing in Siberia, are not actually caused by large meteorites but a former mound of land covered ... continue reading


Indonesia's rumbling volcano causes flight cancellations and panic for tourists Watch

Image of Mount Raung has been heating up over the last few weeks.

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An active volcano in Java, Indonesia has been rumbling and spewing ashes over the last week, causing flight cancellations to tourist hub Bali and other destinations. Transportation authorities decided to suspend flights because the amount of volcanic ash could be ... continue reading


Inspiring story of a homeless nine-year-old Filipino boy who does his homework on the streets Watch

Image of Daniel Cabrera went viral over social media for his intense motivation to do well in school.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Nine-year-old Daniel Cabrera has inspired people around the world with one heart-warming photo. In the viral photo, the child is shown doing his school work on the street, using an improvised bench as his study desk and a dim light from a McDonald's restaurant.  ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:4 "These ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11
3 blow the trumpet for the new month, for the full ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:54-58
54 and, coming to his home town, he taught the people ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 31st, 2015 Image

St. Ignatius Loyola
July 31: St. Ignatius was born in the family castle in Guip˙zcoa, Spain, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter