From a quick glance, the Moken sea gypsy community at Moo Koh Surin's Ao Bon, off the southern coast of Phangnga province, seemed just as it had always been over the years; rows of raised huts are set right at the shoreline, men are busy with their boats, women (some topless) are engrossed in their handicraft work and little kids run around.
There’s now plenty of light for the children to read and do their homework.
But taking a stroll through the village and observing closer, it is not an overstatement to say that the people there have begun living a completely different kind of life, one that would be unimaginable to their predecessors centuries before. This immense and dramatic change comes from a little solar panel not much bigger than a sheet of A4 paper, now set on every thatched roof of the home of people who were once sea gypsies.
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