SolarVillageProject.org  provides solar lighting and solar powered water pumps and filters to villages that are completely off the grid – and in India – to villages of the lowest castes.

Grand Circle Foundation funded $20,000 to provide solar power and solar water pump and filters to a village of 100 homes of the untouchable caste, off the grid in India, 1.5 hours from Varanasi.

We provided a solar water pump and filtration system for the entire village. The solar water pump, 4 stage filtration system and water storage tanks are one part of the project.  The system was installed next to the village school in a common area and provides clean drinking water 24 hours a day.  The water pump and filtration system provide a minimum of 2 liters of clean water per person per day.

The solar lights were distributed to the individual homes. At least 800 lumens of light (equivalent to a 60 watt bulb) were provided to each household.

A donation of $3,600 was used as a matching gift challenge to encourage donors. A total of $9000 was raised by Solar Village Project for the purchase of 300 solar lanterns for students. We are proud to have helped generate the funds for this initiative.