About a quarter of Mongolia's 2.8 million people are nomadic herders of yaks, cattle, sheep, goats and camels who live in gers — as their traditional tent dwellings are known — on the country's vast steppes. It is a simple life that has endured for centuries. Until recently, it was also a life without electricity.

"A few years ago, country herders managed with candles and lanterns. The change in life between then and now is like night and day. I believe that the quality of life in the countryside and the city are now about the same." -- Baatar Khandaa, Herder