Our New Indian Solar Mama Cohort
On the 1st of September 2022, a new cohort of rural Indian women began training at Barefoot College International’s Campus based Headquarters in Harmara, India. The cohort comprises 14 women from six states, including Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Jharkhand.
The new Solar Mamas will complete their Solar training in February 2023, after spending five months living on our sustainable Harmara campus. This training will equip them with the skills to build, install and maintain Solar Home Lighting systems in rural Indian homes. They will also undertake training in our ENRICHE and Digital curriculums, providing them with digital and financial literacy, knowledge of their rights, and essential livelihood skills which will give them the ability to improve their income upon returning home.
What the Women do Following their Training
Following the training, the Solar Mamas will return home and between them, will solar electrify 700 houses within their local communities. This electrification will bring clean, sustainable solar energy to rural Indian communities with no electricity access, improving infrastructure and increasing self-reliance. Currently, these communities have to rely on costly fossil fuels for lighting and cooking, negatively impacting their health and the environment.
This includes kerosene lamps, candles and charcoal, which produce large amounts of toxic black smoke, which when lit indoors, leads to breathing and health issues. It also puts them at risk for lung cancer and house fires. These fuels also require transportation to city centres to purchase fuel, costing time and money.
Dedicated to Helping Indian Communities Thrive
The 14 Solar Mamas will leave Barefoot College International, ready to act as community leaders and educators for others. We will continue to share regular updates from their training, and look forward to bringing you news about their subsequent impact.
These initiatives exist because of the support we receive from partners, donors and organizations that resonate with our mission and vision. If you would like to support this initiative, please visit our Donate page. Visit additional pages on our website to discover other ways to collaborate with us to help Indian women and women from around the world receive meaningful skills and education.