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


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


In collaboration with WWF Madagascar, we opened a regional training centre July 2nd 2019. 27 women have been trained as Solar Engineers so far! For more information contact madagascar@barefootcollege.org or

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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