Help Varun, Rupesh and Aswin raise 1,500 USD

Every step we run at the 2XU half-marathon, will impact lives of the less fortunate. Join us in bringing clean energy to families in rural India!

Raised USD 1,303
USD 1,500
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  • Recent Angels

  • Suresh

    INR 4,500  Received

    Congratulations on completing the marathon. Keep up the good work!

  • Akshaya Baker

    INR 1,000  Received
  • Vivek M

    INR 500  Received
  • Suresh

    INR 500  Received

    All the best!

  • Joy

    USD 25  Received

    Great effort Varun

  • Aswin

    USD 10  Received

    Just watched. What a kalaai..

  • Vinoth

    USD 8  Received

    Please watch ethirneechal for training tips before going. All ze best.

  • Nirupama

    USD 25  Received

    Good luck guys! :)

  • Vetri

    INR 500  Received

    Let it help for needs

  • Rupesh

    USD 75  Received
  • Vidula

    INR 1,000  Received

    All the best.

  • Kanthi

    INR 2,000  Received

    Great Running for a good cause

  • Govind

    USD 29  Received

    This'll bring up the $1000 I think!

  • Adhiraj

    USD 30  Received

    Train well for the run guys!

  • Vaishali

    USD 100  Received
  • Ganesan

    USD 100  Received

    You all are working hard for a great cause! Good luck!!

  • Ayinesh

    INR 2,500  Received
  • Mario

    INR 500  Received
  • Ayinesh

    INR 7,070  Received

    Run Roopi Run

  • Varsha

    USD 50  Received
  • Shweta

    USD 50  Received

    Good luck!

  • Aswin

    USD 25  Received

    Halfway there.

  • Sriram

    INR 1,500  Received
  • Tara

    INR 1,000  Received

    Congrats, keep up the good work!

  • Abinaya

    USD 50  Received

    All the best !

  • Jaideep

    INR 1,230  Received
  • Jaideep

    INR 770  Received
  • Vasavi

    USD 50  Received

    Great idea ! All the best !

  • Rushi

    USD 100  Received

    Imma need froof that baker and kk finished the marathon.

  • Archana Venkatesh

    USD 25  Received

    Good luck!

  • Rohini

    INR 500  Received
  • Abhishek

    USD 50  Received

    Good luck.

  • Ahalya

    USD 50  Received

    Good luck with your efforts

  • Varun

    USD 50  Received

    Let's make things better for people and the environment! :)

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Update: We are super happy and excited that our initial goal of $1000 was achieved in 8 days! We've extended the campaign to allow more friends to support our cause. Make every drop of sweat count.




 Inspired   by   campaigns   run   by   his  friends  Adhiraj  and  Pranesh,  Varun  decided  to  dedicate  his  first  half-marathon  to  replacing  harmful  Kerosene  lamps  with  solar-powered  LED  solutions  in  India.  He  roped  in  Rupesh  Baker  and  Aswin  Saravanan  who  are  also  running  this  half-marathon  as  they  share  his  passion  for  this  cause.


This  passion  goes  deeper  than  just  talk  as  these three runners are actively involved in social change and sustainability. Varun has been doing research in making buildings and power grids more energy efficient by using modern computer networks and algorithms. Rupesh has been providing technical consulting services for solar energy projects and evaluating the carbon revenue potential of renewable energy projects for developers in Asia. Aswin has been actively involved with YMCA, outside of his role as a Business Analyst for a private bank, running volunteer events that benefit several Voluntary Welfare Organizations. 


Varun, Rupesh and Aswin are all former lenders at Milaap and are receiving their repayments on their past loans. Varun said: “When I first used Milaap, I was struck by how easy it was to make a loan! Simply register with your Facebook account and lend using your credit card, just like any online transaction! The end-to-end process took me under 5 minutes!” 


These three runners have done a little research to provide you with answers to questions below that you might have with respect to this cause and how much of a difference you are really going to make!   


What makes Kerosene lamps such a big problem and how does it affect me?


According to the calculations of Evan Mills from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, lighting based on fuels such as Kerosene is responsible for about 190 million metric tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to one-third the total emissions from the United Kingdom [1]. When compared to typical kerosene lanterns, he found that the solar-powered LED solutions can help save 100 kg of CO2 emissions/year. [2]   


How do these lamps affect the people who use them?


Watch this video (from an earlier Milaap campaign) that captures the insalubrious nature of kerosene lamps. They produce so much smoke that it causes people’s eyes to burn. In comparison, basic solar-powered LED solutions can provide at least twice brightness, without any of the ill effects of kerosene [3]. These LED solutions also help increase the productivity of subsistence businesses run by their users.


How can I make a difference?


Every 30$ lent (I repeat, “lent” because this is a LOAN, NOT A DONATION) can be used to purchase 1 solar powered lamps. This can be used to meet the lighting needs of a small family for over 5 years! This sum of money will also serve to reduce 100kg of CO2 emissions per year. 




Some of the borrowers whose lives you will change: 

1. Kumari Tarasia and Group 
Meet Kumari Tarasia and her group of five members- Lakshmi, Sumitra, Rina and Subasini. The women come from different villages of Odisha working in variety of jobs like agriculture and grocery stores. The women currently use kerosene powered lamps for lighting in the house. These lamps require constant refilling of kerosene which is expensive. Moreover, they last for lesser time and are less portable compared to solar lamps. Solar lamps also have the added advantage of free recharge from the sun and are eco-friendly in nature. Kerosene lamps produce fumes which are harmful and are a hazard in small huts. The group is requesting a loan of Rs.13, 320 to buy solar lamps. The loan will be repaid back in five months. The loan will help them gain access to better lighting and improve the quality of life.


2. Bilei Behera and Group 


India currently suffers from a major shortage of electricity generation capacity, even though it is the world's fourth largest energy consumer after United States, China and Russia. Almost one third of the country's population live beyond the reach of power grids. Many others, despite being on the grid face blackouts frequently and for long intervals. Often, come dusk, life comes to a standstill. Such is a village Muniguda in Odisha. Braving the obstacles come the women - Bilei, Nupura, Debaki, Purnabati, Kuni. They are looking for a loan of Rs.10200 as a group to buy solar lamps. These lamps, priced around Rs. 1700 each, could help them extend their working hours, study, cook and move around the village safely after dark. It's been noted there has been an increase in economical activities in the villages where the people continued business even after dark. They could also save around Rs. 3000 per year per household on their kerosene bills. The group will repay the loan in 5 months in installments.


3. Sandhya Sethi and group  

Sandhyarani, Budu, Laxmi, Tunu, Jasmanti and Tulasi have their business of cultivation and cloth store running in the village Muniguda, Odisha. Their families, ranging from 4 to 5 persons have to use lamps of Kerosene oil for the light when the power goes out at night. The usage of Kerosene oil in the long run may become a cause of several health complications. Not only this, Kerosene oil has become very expensive since they often need to buy it from the black market. These women want to go the solar way to combat both their problems. Solar lantern is a good investment to them as it would have literally no running cost. They require a loan of Rs. 13,320 to buy these efficient, renewable-energy solar lanterns.



What is Milaap all about?


Milaap is an online community that empowers urban, socially responsible individuals to lend towards positive impact.The end borrowers are the deserving, working poor in India - students, small businesses and families, who need a small amount of capital to get ahead and change their lives for the better.  

Since 2010,  Milaap has raised over Rs 6 Crores from 7000 people across the world, impacting over 30,000 lives in 10 states. 

A few things that you may want to know about the money that you lend in:

This is a loan, not a donation.

  • 100% of your money goes to the end borrower

  • You will know exactly whom your money goes to and get regular updates on your repayments.

  • Within 18 months, you will get 100% of your money back.

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