Category: Livelihood

The Spirit of the Desert
Barefoot Photographs by Stella Morielli and Shweta Rao Aurora festival, 4-6 July 2014, Pienza, Italy People from the desert of Rajasthan, India have lived for centuries in this beautifully tough surroundings. No matter how harsh...
Museum Pick: The Barefoot Approach
Filmmaker Sumithra Prasanna visits a unique institution in India that relies on community members, rather than experts, to help solve local problems. She found when the community was given the authority to solve their own...
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addresses World Energy Congress 2013
Source: World Energy Congress On the closing day of the World Energy Congress, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed his pledge to provide one billion people across the globe access to sustainable energy by 2030....
Barefoot College: Rural women revolutionize sustainable development
W4 is proud to feature the innovative work of Barefoot College—which, for over two decades now, has been harnessing rural women’s capabilities as change-makers in India! In a remote village on the scorched plains of...
In pictures: Villagers' Barefoot College
No training. It is a photographic exhibition with a difference. These pictures were taken by villagers from the Indian state of Rajasthan. Most were illiterate, untrained in photography using simple cameras lent or given to...
The women bringing solar power to Sierra Leone
An Indian college has trained 12 Sierra Leonean women to become solar engineers as part of a drive to bring electricity to rural communities. A group of 12 women from villages in Sierra Leone is...
Solar Mamas is among the first films to receive the Hilton Worldwide...
Watch Jehane Noujaim Verder liggen alle nummers anders op?het roulettewiel . and Mona Eldaief share their experiences in creating this film.
The women of India's Barefoot College bring light to remote village
Securing the end of her bright yellow and orange sari firmly around her head, Santosh Devi climbs up to the rooftop of her house to clean her solar panels. The shining, mirrored panels, which she...
Barefoot College offers advanced education to rural villages.
Social activist Sanjit “Bunker” Roy is doing big things in India. He founded Barefoot College, an organization based in small village Tilonia, which aims to assist the estimated 41 percent of the Indian population living...