Tribal Villages of Melghat

September 2017 - Maharashtra

I joined a sustainable enterprise, Gram Oorja, on a visit to several villages living in the Melghat Tiger Reserve. Gram Oorja provide renewable energy solutions to remote communities living away from the reaches of the electricity grid.

If you spend a few days in a village it’s possible to get a sense of the community’s daily life, at least in that season. I watched some men make a drum, plucking a chicken skin and stretching it tight with wire to form a drum skin.

In another village most able-bodied adults were engaged in digging a road that would connect them to a small town