Welcome to rural India

After visiting the massive cities of Mumbia, Delhi, and Kolkata, we took a train into rural Jharkhand to interview farmers and observe the solar water pump testing sites.

During the monsoon season, the dry landscape will turn into lush, bright green rice fields.

During the monsoon season, the dry landscape will turn into lush, bright green rice fields.

The farmers were generous with their time and luckily had a great sense of humor about a bunch of Westerners and translator standing in their vegetable fields asking about diesel water pumps, vegetable prices, and savings plans.

Sample question: How many liters of diesel do you buy each week during the non-monsoon season?

Answer: Three liters.

Another, more open ended question: What is your goal or dream for your family?

Answer: To provide a better education for my kids so that they can bring back new ideas into the village.

My main man, showing of some baby mangoes. With help from NGOs and the government, his farming community invested in a mango orchard.

My main man, showing of some baby mangoes. With help from NGOs and the government, his farming community invested in a mango orchard.

Our interviews were cut short due to a village-wide wedding. (We were unfortunately not invited.) But we learned a lot that we could have never understood if we just took office meetings.

Kevin (MIT engineer) and the farmers setting up the panels on the stand that the farmers built.

Kevin (MIT engineer) and the farmers setting up the panels on the stand that the farmers built.

The good news: The farmers seems to really like the solar water pump. It is “easier to use than diesel.” Cheaper too.

The engineers will stick around to work out some technical kinks. We are off to talk to SELCO and Orb Energy in Bangalore and figure out how to scale this promising business.

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  1. Congratulations guys! When do you come to Colombia?

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