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Barefoot College

Founded in 1972, Barefoot College believes that formal education and qualifications are not required for the rural poor to bring sustainable energy, clean water, and sustainable livelihoods to their communities. The College creates decentralized solutions that work at the village level, offering practical learning that crosses language and literacy barriers and marrying this learning to innovative technologies; this demystifies, decentralizes and puts solutions in the rural poor’s control. Since 1989, Barefoot’s flagship solar electrification program has trained 664 illiterate and semi-literate women as solar engineers. They have electrified 40,000 rural households in 1265 villages in 64 countries across Latin and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia to serve 500,000 people, installing and maintaining equipment and receiving a salary for their services.

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