In India, millions of people are affected by the lack of three basic elements; Air, Light, and Water. 450 million Indians lack access to electricity and live in darkness. One in two households in India do not have access to safe drinking water. Noxious fumes from firewood burning stoves claim 1.6 million lives of Indian women every year.
These stats may seem overwhelming, but you can take simple actions to change these individuals’ lives. This holiday season, Milaap is addressing these issues for the villages and families in underdeveloped regions throughout India with microloans that you can fund. With your help, we will bring light to families through affordable solar lights that will last a lifetime. We will help families and communities by building piped water connections to solve the contamination problems of surface and groundwater sources. We will provide smokeless stoves, resulting in a healthier standard of living for households and reduced medical expenses.
You can be the difference in the lives of these families when you lend as little as $25 towards the improved access to these basic elements. Or choose to get your friends and family involved and adopt an entire village to support loans for a whole community in India. The best part is that once your loan has been repaid, you have the option to re-lend the same amount to another family, increasing your impact or cash out your money and receive 100% of your contribution back.
Take the pledge now to bring clean air, light, and water to India.