Month: November 2012

Solar Mama shines as beacon of hope for her community’s future
Rafea Anadi appears almost lost within her long, black veil. Short of stature and slightly bowed, she seems she could be blown away by the wind. But one look in her dark brown eyes –...
IDFA : OXFAM Global Justice award
DOC NYC – 2 awards : Special Jury Prize Winner – Rafea: Solar Mama: Jurors’ statement: “The Special Jury Prize goes to a story whose genuine hope and uplift, whose urgency of matter, are only...
Barefoot College: Rural women revolutionize sustainable development
W4 is proud to feature the innovative work of Barefoot College—which, for over two decades now, has been harnessing rural women’s capabilities as change-makers in India! In a remote village on the scorched plains of...
The Making of Solar Mamas
Our team over at Independent Lens sat down with Mette Heide, producer of Solar Mamas, to talk about why she and her filmmaking team chose this story, and what inspired them along the way. The...
Women Barefoot solar engineers a community solution
The Barefoot Approach: Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Africa The Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Africa aim to improve the lives of the rural poor living on less than $1 a day in remote inaccessible...
Ethiopia - Capacity Development at the Grassroots - Barefoot Solar Engineers of Ethiopia
Organization(s): UNDP in cooperation with the Barefoot College (India) and the Ministry of Federal Affairs, Ethiopia Country(ies): Ethiopia Primary thematic focus: Sub-national capacity development: local solutions, national strengths In a Nutshell: In 2004, as part...
Barefoot College in race for $2.2m prize
JAIPUR: The Barefoot College in Tilonia, Ajmer, has managed a place among the top six from across the world for the $2.2-million Zayed Future Energy prize to be announced on January 18 during the World...
'Barefoot' grandmothers electrify rural communities
(CNN) — Turning grandmothers into solar engineers is one of Sanjit “Bunker” Roy”s favorite jobs. Roy is the social entrepreneur and founder of the Barefoot College and has been championing a bottom-up approach to education...
How Barefoot College is empowering women
Tell me and I”ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I”ll understand – old Chinese proverb. It is this ideal that the Social Work and Research Centre (SWRC), better known as...
India’s Barefoot College Subject of PBS Documentary
Barefoot College, a unique institution in Ajmer, Rajasthan, described as the world’s only college built by and for the poor, is the subject of a new documentary airing on PBS next week. The Emmy Award-winning...