Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Bala who was born in a small village in Pavagada Taluk, Karnataka, where, agriculture was the main source of income—much like in many other…

Amit Jain |

Really – let’s. It’s a fact: Indoor air pollution from cooking with solid fuels including wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung, and crop waste in open fires and traditional stoves is the fourth…

Anita Marangoly George |

Farmer in West Bengal, India. Photo by Amit Jain / World Bank)If God appeared in the dream of a paddy farmer in India’s West Bengal and said, “You have made me happy with your hard work, make any…

Amit Jain |

Last month, I met an obstetrician in India and in the course of conversation, asked her how many babies she had delivered.   “After ten thousand babies, I stopped counting, ” she said.   Naturally…

Amit Jain |

Residents in Wazirpur, India share with us how electricity access has spurred their hope for a better, more dignified life. (Photo: TPDLL)Rarely does one read about a private utility’s successful…

Sunita Dubey |