Mixing oil and water

Community programs often go hand-in-hand with oil development. A new project in northwestern India is no exception.Rajasthan, home to exciting oil discoveries in the last several years, is also one of India’s poorest states. Dry, hot conditions in the Thar Desert stymie agricultural projects, and the state subsists predominantly on tourism.Life in the desert is a perpetual struggle. Women and girls spend up to 80% of their time carrying water 10-15 km to their family’s village, or dhani. The drudgery leaves little time for education. The high opportunity cost of gathering water contributes to illiteracy and locks families in a vicious cycle of deprivation.Enter a wee Scottish ...

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