Local communities themselves dig the channels to divert the water that powers the small plants. They also provide the labor to install the power lines and the light. "Micro-hydro was introduced in Nepal before, but the difference UNDP made was to put community people at the center of the project so that they are the driver to introduce this technology then also maintain and then have full ownership," says Shoko Nodo, UNDP Country Director in Nepal. Through these small hydro plants, big changes are happening. Clinics, schools, radio stations, businesses are all flourishing where once there was darkness and no electricity. This five-minute movie on the micro-hydro power plants of Nepal is a sneak preview of a longer documentary that will air on Discovery Channel in 2013.