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 countries

benefiting from Barefoot Solutions

500,000 people

with access to light

500 million

litres of kerosene REPLACED with clean energy for light, heat and cooking

1 billion litres

of clean drinking water collected sustainably every year

See our global impact


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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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Logo & Brand Guidelines

Visual assets and editorial resources for ground partners and everyone in the Barefoot Family. Contact us for password information and then click below to download.
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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


2015 Consolidated Balancesheet


2014 Balancesheet
2014 Consolidated Balancesheet Download


2013-2014 Annual Report Download
2013-2014 Balance Sheet Download


2010-2011 Annual Report Download
2010-2011 Financials Report  Download


2009-2010 Annual Report Download
2009-2010 Financials Report Download


2008-2009 Annual Report Download
2008-2009 Financials Report Download

Commitment to Transparency and Community Accountability

Transparency Mela and Social AuditDownload

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