Barefoot College, India

Not your average solar engineer

I have just returned from a shoot in Tilonia, India; a remote village, about 200km south-west of Jaipur (Rajasthan). It was a fascinating trip for CNN International, covering the work of the Barefoot College, who train women from villages with no electricity, to become solar engineers. From Burkina Faso to Guatemala, Kenya to Colombia, the women spend six months learning how to make a variety of solar lamps and charges. Many of them have never even left their village before but when they return from India, they will carry home the gift of electricity to places that lie miles away from the national (electricity) grid. Barefoot’s founder is Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy who appeared in Time Magazine’s 2010 list of 100 most influential thinkers. My film from the trip will air on January 26th 2011, on CNN International’s Earth’s Frontiers or viewed online at

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