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"We dreamed of creating a different opportunity for rural women. One in which they were free to learn."
Our Mission

We believe in the endless potential of the rural poor. Barefoot College forges a first-of-its-kind, women-centered, global network dedicated to sustainable development in every community where poverty exists.

GLOBAL AWARENESS
LOCAL IMPACT
93
Countries
2200
Solar Mamas
1000000
People with Light
14/17
UN Sustainability Development Goals

ENABLE SUSTAINABLE CHANGE FROM THE GROUND UP
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Barefoot College's global mission is to cultivate global equity by increasing economic mobility.

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“I want to learn more solar. I want to do more than I have already.”

- Florentina, Belize Solar Mama

“This training is going to improve my village and teach my sisters to also become Solar Mamas.”

- Marina, Ivory Coast Solar Mama

“We are women! When you get something, don’t leave it. Take it in the brain and use it.”

- Fatma, Zanzibar Solar Mama