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Category: From the ground

Solar
Feliciana Belasc Brito: The Solar Mama Lighting Up Guatemala
Meet Feliciana, a 31-year-old vibrant force from an indigenous Guatemalan village. She was never given the chance to complete her education, and only had the opportunity to go up to the 6th grade, so she...
CameroonSolar
Grandmother and Solar Engineer: Niembain Charlotte's Inspiring Journey
Niembain Charlotte, a 60-year-old Cameroonian woman has empowered her community with solar energy. Here is her story. In 2019, at the age of 60, Niembain Charlotte, a former farmer, embarked on an extraordinary journey. She...
DP WorldSolar
Mariatou's Mission to Bring Light to Her Community
After her husband became ill, Mariatou’s dreams were on hold. Now, she’s a confident solar engineer ready to transform her village. Here’s her story. Mariatou is one of the most recent women solar engineers to...
A Beginner's Guide to Barefoot College International
Imagine a world where rural women and communities are empowered to be self-sufficient and resilient. That is the world that Barefoot College International is working around the world to create. Why does Barefoot College International...
President of Guatemala Awards Presidential Environmental Medal to Barefoot College International
Yesterday, the President of the Republic of Guatemala, Dr. Alejandro Giammattei, presented Barefoot College International with the 2022 Presidential Environmental Medal at a ceremony held in the Mirror Hall of the Presidential Palace. This prestigious...
Solar
First Solar Cohort at our Guatemalan Training Centre Begins
Training at the Guatemalan Centre Begins We are very pleased to announce that our first solar training on Latin American soil is underway. 11 Indigenous Ixil Maya women from local communities have come together to...
Rural LivelihoodsRegenerative AgricultureSolar
Our Guatemala Training Centre Opens April 30th
A BCI LATAM-Based Staff Member Shares His Story Lawrence facilitates a workshop for the indigenous women trainees Like most mornings, I’m settling into my workday with a fresh cup of our fair trade coffee that...
Rural Livelihoods
Afghanistan Beekeepers Boost Income through Honey Sales
Why Our Beekeepers Are Women The piloting of a program for female beekeepers in Afghanistan began in June of 2020. Our purpose is to identify non-formally educated rural women to train. With local partner Shuhada...
Rural Livelihoods
Pacific Islands: Bringing Renewables, Gender Justice and Livelihoods to 14 Countries
Our History in the Pacific Islands Barefoot College International identified the Pacific Islands as an area to work across in 2012. Since our first visit to the region, we have trained 77 Barefoot Women Solar...
Solar
Women's Day 2021: This Rural Grandmother Solar Electrified 100 Guatemalan Village Homes
Marta Venavente’s Story on International Women’s Day Marta installs a solar panel for a village home This Women’s Day, and for the rest of 2021, Barefoot College International is celebrating the rural women who become...