750+ engineers. 1,300 villages worldwide. 550,000 people with light.

Barefoot in Africa: an extraordinary partnership

The Barefoot College and Bishop Elias Taban were recipients of the Clinton Global Service Award in 2013. Their meeting kicked off an extraordinary partnership that has culminated with expanding the Barefoot experience into Africa. Each of the five training centres will replicate Tilonia’s Barefoot College.


Watch an Interview with Bishop Elias Taban

Barefoot in Latin America: pioneering change

Barefoot International is working with 17 different countries in Latin America. The first 70 solar engineers have already brought light to more than 11,000 people.

The countries

Burkina Faso

The centre will train women from Burkina Faso and the surrounding countries including Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo and Ghana

Liberia

Bunker Roy is working directly with ground partners to open the centre and accomodate higher than expected demand.

Senegal

The centre will train women from Senegal and the surrounding region, the Gambia, Guinea and Mauritania.

South Sudan

Working with Bishop Elias Taban, the regional centre will train 48 solar engineers over two years and solar electrify 2,400 households in Yei and Lainya Counties of South Sudan.

Zanzibar

Opened in 2014
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Coming Soon

New centers in Latin America and the Pacific Islands are in development. Guatemala's regional centre is set to open this year.

Global goals for global impact

We’re charting a course for expansion to ALL of the Least Developed Countries. It starts with Barefoot Regional Training Centres across Africa:


560 new barefoot solar engineers in Africa

Training and quality of life improvements for solar engineers and Master Trainers in health, safety, education and security

24,000 households and 120,000 beneficiaries

Families contribute to a sustainable environment, with 5.0 Gigawatts of clean energy generated 
to reduce carbon emissions from kerosene consumption

2 million lives reached

The impact of direct training and services ripples out, giving communities access to clean water and safe, reliable energy

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