Chums Dropped their jobs for traveling, now lighted up many lives in a village.
Two friends, fed up with their daily 9 to 5 routine, decided to have some road trips. Rajiv and Merwyn Coutinho were strangers until they met in 2005 with a common friend. Rajiv was an Engineering student and Merwyn was a techie in a Software company when they met. Their common interest was travel and it paved the way to jump from faking reality of their work.
The route map
Both of them actually planned for a road trip without a map. So that they can move anywhere they want to move. They passed many villages and stuck up in Vijayanagar and Gandhigram in Arunachal Pradesh, where they found the necessary to find a change in their lifestyle. And then it was the beginning of the Batti Project, which electrified many houses of villages.
They stayed at Vijayanagar for two days and found the darkness at night when the sun goes down. And later they were invited to celebrate Christmas for thirty days. They planned to bring some solar lamps and to light up the village. Rajiv and Merwyn Coutinho began the Batti project, which has electrified 434 households in 44 villages across the state!
Rajiv and Merwyn Coutinho began the Batti project, which has electrified 434 households in 44 villages of Arunachal Pradesh.
As part of the Batti project, each household gets a lighting system of 3-watt LED tube-lights, one 21-watt panel, and 20AH battery, for one-tenth of the total expenditure Rs 1500. A major part of the expenditure comes from crowdfunding. Ride to Light, a cycle race raised some fund for light.
They were wanderers. But now they are the reformers.