Commitment to Action

Women Barefoot Solar Engineers: Rural Empowerment in Africa

Commitment by

Barefoot College

In 2014, The Barefoot College committed to scaling its successful Barefoot Approach of community, self-reliant, rural development by establishing six regional training centers in Africa. The Women Barefoot Solar Engineers, previously trained in India, will provide training to 560 women in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Liberia, South Sudan, and Zanzibar, enabling regional and local women to electrify their villages with solar power. Households contribute to the ownership of this project by making monthly contributions equal to their previous spending on toxic and costly lighting. The empowered Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Africa will become competent, confident entrepreneurs in their communities and stewards of the environment.

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Commitment

Women Barefoot Solar Engineers: Rural Empowerment in Africa

Launched

2014

Est. Duration

4 years

Estimated Total Value

$11,480,000

Region

Africa

Countries

BURKINA FASO, LIBERIA, MADAGASCAR, SENEGAL, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zanzibar

Commitment by

Barefoot College

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Amplifier Strategies LLC, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of India, Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP, Burkina Faso, Republic of Senegal, Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation, Republic of South Sudan, United Nations Women, Erol Foundation, Republic of Liberia