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Barefoot Solar engineers

Barefoot Solar engineers


Established in 1972, the Barefoot College is a non-government organisation that has been providing basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable. Rural men and women irrespective of age, who are barely literate or not at all, and have no hope of getting even the lowest government job, are being trained to work as day and night school teachers, doctors, midwives, dentists, health workers, balsevikas, solar engineers, solar cooker engineers, water drillers, hand pump mechanics, architects, artisans, designers, masons, communicators, water testers, phone operators, blacksmiths, carpenters, computer instructors, accountants and kabaad-se-jugaad professionals. The Barefoot College takes uneducated middle-aged women from poor communities and trains them to become solar engineers and so create power and jobs in their communities. The college's 6-month programme brings together women from all over the world. Learning about electrical components and soldering without being able to read, write or understand English. We train women from more than 39 countries around the world to become Barefoot Solar Engineers and agents for sustainable change, in a bottom-up development model. The success of the "barefoot" approach is based on community commitment. Before solar electrification of the village, the whole village must agree to pay a monthly contribution for the repair and maintenance of the solar power, and to select the poorest, semi-literate, unemployable person who has roots in the village to be trained as a Barefoot Solar Engineer.


Education,Development,Gender Equity,Environment,Social Leadership & Entrepreneurship,Intercultural Dialogue
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The Barefoot College


Tilonia-305816, Via Madanganj
District Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

Phone Number: +91 (0)1463 288210 or +91 (0)1463 288351
Fax: +91 (0)1463 288206


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