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Bangalore Solar Slum Tour Including Lunch and Chai with a Local Family

Sunkadahalli, India
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Get a behind-the-scenes look at a Bangalore slum on a 4-hour tour that highlights solar lighting that improves quality of life for slum residents. Gain insight into the potential for social enterprise and solar lighting in India, and meet a local family who welcomes you into their home.
  • 4-hour slum tour in Bangalore, India
  • Meet people from an innovative solar lighting social enterprise in India
  • Hear about indoor pollution problems in poor households and how solar power improves air quality
  • Visit a local family for an intimate experience of life in the slum
  • Have lunch before going into the slum with the guide
Bangalore is one of India’s most cosmopolitan destinations, however the city also has hundreds of thousands of people that live in shanty-style tent homes without running electricity or water.

Experience one of these Bangalore city slums with a host from Pollinate Energy, a social enterprise that provides solar lighting to India’s urban poor. Learn how the enterprise operates with local people who run a solar lighting micro-business that helps families replace polluting kerosene lamps with clean burning solar lighting. 

Start your tour at the Pollinate Energy office where you'll hear about the organization's origins, growth, and future plans. Next, have lunch at a local restaurant, then ride in an auto-rickshaw through busy city streets to a tent slum on the edge of the city. Your guide takes you into a tent community to visit the home of one of the customers.

Sip chai with a local family as the sun sets and the lights switch on, witnessing how the solar light makes a big difference. When finished, hop back in the rickshaw to return to  the city where your tour ends at your starting point.


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My experience on the tour was amazing...
, Feb 2017
My experience on the tour was amazing. I was very excited to see my first slum and talk with the families that live there. I truly enjoyed learning about the work that Pollinate Energy is doing to help people who live there. I found the families there to be very welcoming, happy, and content. Additionally, my tour guide, Arjun, and the Pollinator, Juggan, were very friendly. They encourage me to interact with the families as I observed the work that they are doing. I felt safe at all times and welcomed by the family hosts.

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