Helping the world meet its sustainable development goals by 2030
Barefoot Solutions offer a road map for 14 of the 17 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals and a track record few global programmes can match.
Empowering women to lead
We created the Barefoot Enriche Curriculum to support women’s aspiration to transform themselves and their communities. This holistic curriculum, taught in conjunction with solar engineer training, provides women with essential skills and knowledge while developing their sense of agency. Read more
Basic digital IT skills
Legal rights and civil society
Women's reproductive health
Our Programmes Around the World
Our unique and localised programmes are designed to empower marginalised women and communities by fostering self-sufficiency, resilience, and sustainable development through education and grassroots action. Our primary programmes include Solar, Livelihoods Development, ENRICHE and Water and Agriculture,. We operate in a decentralised and localised fashion, ensuring that we can adapt and develop programmes that meet local needs.
The Barefoot College International Solar programme trains rural women, who have no formal education, as solar engineers. They gain the skills to build, install and maintain solar home lighting systems when the return home to their communities, brining clean and sustainable light to some of the most remote communities around the world.
Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. As a McKinsey study highlights, fully closing gender gaps would add $28 trillion to annual GDP by 2025. The ENRICHE programme supports women’s aspiration to transform themselves and their communities by empowering them with knowledge and skills.
Barefoot College International is a place where words like inclusion, social justice and equality are not just words. They are a way of life. We have been championing ideas of capacity building within the rural poor community through solutions like solar, ENRICHE and livelihood development for our entire history.