Do you listen to the Ted Radio Hour? On Sunday I listened to “Can Grandmothers Change the World?” This compelling piece blended the themes of leadership, environmental activism and women’s empowerment. I found myself wanting to learn more about how the Barefoot College is transforming women’ lives and their communities in rural Africa and Afghanistan.
“In 1972, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy founded the Barefoot College, in Rajasthan, India, with one mission: to provide basic services in rural communities to make them self-sufficient. These “barefoot solutions” include solar energy, water, education, health care, women’s empowerment and wasteland development. ” In this story, Bunker talks about helping grandmothers from Africa and the Himalayan region to be solar engineers so they can bring electricity to their remote villages. [Read more…]