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A solar powered future

The barefoot solar engineers of Tinginaput, India. Left to right: Talsa Miniaka, Pulka Wadeka, Meenakshi Dewan and Bundei Hidreka.


Since the four women have brought electricity to their remote village, they have had artificial light, can power radios and watch television. And they see the potential for more from this clean energy source - such as solar powered cookers. As Meenakshi says, “That would be a very good thing to have here, where people use wood from the hills to cook. There are few trees left.”


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Photo © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures / Department for International Development



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Taken on September 30, 2009