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.
Our work spans 4 decades, nearly 80 countries and millions of people each year
77 countriesbenefiting from Barefoot Solutions
500,000 peoplewith access to light
500 millionlitres of kerosene REPLACED with clean energy for light, heat and cooking
1 billion litresof clean drinking water collected sustainably every year
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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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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
Commitment to Transparency and Community Accountability
- Transparency Mela and Social Audit