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Merwyn Coutinho, Ride to Light, India

When friends and fellow travellers Merwyn Coutinho and Rajiv Rathod set off on an impulsive trek to Gandhigram, a remote village in Arunachal Pradesh, little did they know that they were setting in motion a domino effect that would result in 273 homes across 29 villages getting electricity. Completely cut off from the mainstream world, Gandhigram nestles in the lush jungles of the Eastern Himalayas and had no electricity at all. Now, thanks to The Batti Project envisioned by Merwyn and Rajiv, most of the homes have solar panels giving them a sustainable and clean energy source, without any negative impact on the ecosystem of the area.

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