Dungarpur Initiative

IITB has undertaken an initiative in Dungarpur block, Rajasthan through forming partnership with cluster level federations (CLFs) of Rajeevika (Rajasthan Grameen Ajeevika Vikas Parishad). This initiative focuses on development of solar enterprise, for which women self-help group (SHG) members from CLFs are trained and mentored to become solar entrepreneurs. Dungarpur initiative had a dual objective of distributing solar study lamps to school-going children together with their mothers and empowering tribal women SHG members to operate solar enterprises to earn livelihoods thereby facilitating process of adaptation of solar technology. A ‘solar corpus’ of INR. 80 per lamp was created for establishing and operating the solar enterprises. Around 40,000 lamps were distributed in the entire block, making a total corpus of INR. 32 lakh. This solar corpus was utilized to start 5 solar shops in the block thus helping in enterprise development and activating solar market in Dungarpur area. This unique program received ‘Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration’.