As India moves towards making its cities more citizen friendly and sustainable, under its Smart Cities Mission, its rural counterparts are bracing for challenges of a different kind. In 2015, the government put forth the Smart Villages plan of converting a cluster of 300 villages into smart villages. But the issues faced in villages are very different from the urban stress points. Quality of life, education, healthcare, environment and employment are the most prominent challenges in the rural belt. The sleepy village of Mori has emerged as Andhra Pradesh's first smart village. Even as elsewhere people struggle with digital payments, Mori has a digital panchayat. Under the smart village initiative, focus has been on the underprivileged women to ensure that they are provided with resources to become self-reliant. It is here that partnerships with ventures like the Usha Silai School have helped. Today not just women but also some men have benefitted from the Silai school programme and instead of looking for livelihood outside the village or state, have created better job opportunities not just for themselves but also others in the community.