Learning How to Use Solar-powered Energy to Fight Indoor Air Pollution

Speaker: Frontier Markets

Frontier Markets brings solar lamps and other solar systems to hard-to-reach villages in rural India by turning locals into entrepreneurs. Its program helps replace the use of fuel-based cooking and lighting devices, which expose families to heavy carbon smoke and cause acute respiratory diseases.

Frontier Markets uses a network of local community members, mainly women, to be the face of its marketing and after-sales service. Photo courtesy of Frontier Markets.

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About This Speaker

Key Info about the Speaker

Name: Frontier Markets
Type: Social enterprise
Founded in: 2009
Headquarters: Jaipur, India
Operates in: India

Watch This Video

Ashden. "The Female Face of Clean Energy in India – Frontier Markets, Ashden Award." YouTube video. Posted by Ashden, June 2016. In 2016, Frontier Markets was granted an award by Ashden, a London-based charity that promotes local sustainable energy solutions.

Who Will Be Your Interlocutor?

Name: Ajaita Shah
Title: Founder and CEO of Frontier Markets
More: B.A., International Relations and Affairs, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA, 2006


Learning Goals of the Videoconference

  • Explain how poverty is responsible for energy access issue in developing countries through the example of household fossil-fuel combustion.
  • Explain how poverty may be responsible for health-impacting habits through the example of indoor air pollution.
  • Explain how human activities can impact environmental sustainability through the example of fossil-fuel combustion, which is responsible for CO2 air pollution.
  • Examine strategies to replace the use of non-renewable resources by sustainable, green-technology solutions.
  • Examine how green technology can provide solutions for local rural development through the example of Frontier Markets’ work with Indian farmers.
  • Identify the objectives, key programs, and accomplishments of a green-tech nonprofit whose mission is to bring solar-powered energy to low-income families in rural India.
  • Identify skills and strategies required to create effective change for a public health and environmental issue through green-tech innovation.

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