The village of Mud, located in the Spiti area of northern India, is situated at an altitude of 3900m in a high altitude desert. Due to its remote location, the village is often cut off from the outside world for up to 5 months a year. The villagers mainly rely on pastoral farming, with small herds of sheep, goats, and some yaks, spending the spring and summer months mostly in high pasture land. In winter, the temperatures are so low that everything freezes, and the electricity system shuts down.
In the late summer of 2006, the Juniper Trust donated £2000 to provide a portable lighting system for the villagers. A team of four, led by Val Pitkethly, traveled for two days by car and six days on foot to reach the remote village. They spent three days assembling the lights with the villagers and explained how to keep the lights clean and do minor repairs.