Commitment to Action

Illiterate Rural Women Solar Electrifying Their Own Villages

Commitment by

Barefoot College

In 2008, Barefoot College and its partners commit to train illiterate rural women, including many elderly women, in India to solar electrify their own villages. As of today, 1792 rural households in 25 villages from seven countries have been solar electrified for domestic lighting by 34 women 'barefoot' solar engineers. The countries are Bhutan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, and The Gambia. The total cost of training the 34 'Barefoot' Solar Engineers was covered by the Government of India.

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Commitment

Illiterate Rural Women Solar Electrifying Their Own Villages

Launched

2008

Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value

$3,000,000

Region

Africa, Asia

Countries

BENIN, BHUTAN, ETHIOPIA, GAMBIA, INDIA, MALAWI, MALI, MAURITANIA, RWANDA, SIERRA LEONE

Commitment by

Barefoot College

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Republic of India, Lutheran World Federation, Mekele University, The MIFUMI Project, Riders For Health (Uk), Norwegian Church Aid, Tarayana Foundation, United Nations, Chime P. Wangdi, Fondation Ensemble, Stichting Het Groene Woudt (SHGW), City of Thimphu, Skoll Foundation, CCODE, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Safer Futures