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Gain a better understanding of how social enterprise group Pollinate Energy is bringing solar light to Kolkata as you follow the organization into one of India’s tent slum villages. On this 5-hour tour, chat with Pollinate Energy staffers, learn how the group is reducing indoor air pollution from kerosene and wood stoves, and meet the locals living in these tented communities.
Your tour starts at 4:30pm sharp at the Pollinate Energy office in Kolkata. At the main office, learn how Pollinate Energy started, how the organization helps bring solar lighting to the urban poor, how far the work has come, and plans for the future. Get the chance to talk one-on-one with people who work on the project, as they explain how they help bring light to in-need communities and reduce death from disease and indoor air pollution.
Next, follow your Pollinate Energy guide as he or she takes you behind the scenes into one of the communities the organization helps. You'll ride an auto-rickshaw through the city streets until you reach the tent community. One of the community’s members (someone Pollinate Energy has served) welcomes you. He or she will show you around the home as you learn in the interesting facts about how Pollinate Energy reduces indoor air pollution by getting rid of kerosene and wood stoves. You'll also be shown the new solar lighting used in the homes.
To learn more about the local community and its people, follow your home visit with a trip to an outdoor flower market or to watch the sun set near the Ganges. Sip on chai tea, and hear more about the sustainable solution that has been brought to this area's serious social problem.
Walk away from your tour with a thorough understanding of Pollinate Energy's work in the Kolkata's city slums and the lives of the area's urban poor. Your tour ends at Howrah Bridge in Kolkata.