Built by the poor, for the poor
For more than 40 years, The Barefoot College has designed new ways to nurture and support a journey to empowerment, one village at a time, one woman at a time. We demystify and decentralise technology and put new tools in the hands of the rural poor with a singular objective of spreading self-sufficiency and sustainability. With a geographic focus on the Least Developed Countries, we train women worldwide as solar engineers, innovators and educators, who then return to their villages to bring light and learning to their community.
The Barefoot College is comprised of three distinct entities each with their own unique registration and operating mechanisms which are designed to support the overall Global work undertaken to achieve our Vision and Mission.
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As the world shifts its attention to global poverty alleviation and combating climate change, the success of The Barefoot College’s holistic approach built on empowering women from around the globe offers a clear plan for large-scale impact.
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Our Operating Bodies
The Barefoot College is comprised of several distinct entities each with its own unique registration and operating mechanisms designed to support the overall Global work we undertake. All entities adhere to the lifestyle and work style of Mahatma Gandhi echoed in our “Non Negotiable Guiding Principles”.
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Logo & Fundraising Assets
Strategic Plan: Powering the future we believe in
A three-year strategy to align opportunity and existing resources with an ever-deepening awareness of the Barefoot Approach.
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Transparency and Accountability
- 2017-18 SWRC Audited Statement
- 2016-17 Global Annual Report