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Barefoot College

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Sub-Category Teaching Institution
Sector Entrepreneurship Promotion, Technology, Energy / Renewable, Gender Equality

For more than 40 years, The Barefoot College has designed new ways to nurture and support a journey to empowerment, one village at a time, one woman at a time. We demystify and decentralise technology and put new tools in the hands of the rural poor with a singular objective of spreading self-sufficiency and sustainability. With a geographic focus on the Least Developed Countries, we train women worldwide as solar engineers, innovators and educators, who then return to their villages to bring light and learning to their community.

Barefoot College Zanzibar provides education for those who have never had that opportunity before. By teaching them practical skills on solar energy, beekeeping and sewing, we provide knowledge that inspire sustainable and fair solutions across East Africa.


Placing women at the heart of bringing light to their communities, creating a place of learning, discovery and transformation for poor rural women living on less than $1.20 a day. who have never had access to formal education. A centre where indigenous wisdom and skills are celebrated and valued. Believing that access to light enables all development. Committed to catalysing transformation of poor rural communities, able to sustain and manage their own initiatives into the future, creating stronger civil society, better educational outcomes for their children and sustainable economic independence for women.