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Developing practical skills for life in Orissa, India

Thanks to the work of a project supported by UK aid in Orissa, India, groups of local men and women have been trained to install and maintain low-cost solar panels, in villages in remote rural areas.


Now they can wire up and run a 12 volt electricity system. And their training has introduced them to the English alphabet as well as basic numeracy. Their newfound practical skills mean they are able to keep the solar power systems in good order and keep the village’s energy supply going.


The UK's aid in India is focussed on the poorest people in three low income states - Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa - reinforcing the deep, productive partnerships we have built over the last decade.


To find out more about how we're helping to reduce poverty and improve the lives of some of the poorest people in India, please visit:


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


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Taken on September 29, 2009