Kankakese are the world’s poorest people, with less than $3 a day a day of income.
That is, when you include the money they earn in the form of electricity.
And they are being hit hard by the cost of providing electricity to their homes.
Kankakeemakers like Pankap Singh are fighting for a solution.
They are using solar power for their heating, cooling and power.
“We are getting more and more complaints every year, and the power company, we have to pay more, they charge us more, it is just ridiculous,” Singh says.
“But, we are fighting against the power companies.”
When the Kankakingis live in villages in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, they are often the only power users in their homes, which are largely without running water.
“When the kankakas move out, they move into the forest,” Singh explains.
India has the world ‘s biggest solar energy industry’The Kankakes, along with other kankaker communities across India, have been trying to find a way to make use of solar power, but the electricity company that supplies electricity to these communities has been reluctant to provide it.””
The electricity is a very good source of power, and they can also use it to make soap, make clothes and other household items.”
India has the world ‘s biggest solar energy industry’The Kankakes, along with other kankaker communities across India, have been trying to find a way to make use of solar power, but the electricity company that supplies electricity to these communities has been reluctant to provide it.
“The electricity company, the Kukkaks, have told us they cannot supply it to us because it’s a subsidy to the power firms,” Singh told Al Jazeera.
“They also say it’s too expensive.
They said it is too expensive to install solar panels.”
Solar energy has been a big part of the Indian economy since its inception, and solar power has helped reduce poverty.
India currently has over 1,000 million people who rely on electricity to heat their homes or power their cars, and many more who rely for cooking.
But the lack of solar energy has left some Kankaks struggling to pay for it.
The kankaks’ predicament has also been exacerbated by the increasing cost of solar panels, which have become more expensive every year.
“A solar panel will cost about $50 to $100 a kilowatt hour, whereas the current cost is about $1 to $2 a kiloWatt,” says Pankaj Singh, one of the founders of the kakakas, Kankasur, a group of grassroots groups that work to increase access to clean energy.
Kukkakes and other kanka farmers are among the poorest people in India, but solar panels can be a huge help.
In 2014, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) calculated that there were 4.6 million solar energy installations across India.
“There is so much demand, solar energy is being installed on almost everything,” Singh said.
“If you can make a profit from it, it’s very good.”
Singh and other Kankaker groups are working to find new ways to make solar energy available to their communities.
“It’s about building community capacity, and to start using solar energy for our needs,” Singh tells Al Jazeera, “because it is a good way to increase our income.”