Rural mothers who were trained at the Barefoot College in Tilonia in the state of Rajasthan in India install and maintain solar energy panels. The programme is part of the “Rural Women Light up Africa” initiative, a partnership between UN Women and the Barefoot College, in 2011. After six months, the trainees graduate as Barefoot Solar Engineers and return to their villages, to electrify households with solar lighting units and assume responsibility for their repair and maintenance for a period of five years. These women not only bring electricity to their communities for the first time, but they also introduce a renewable and sustainable source of energy can be maintained and replicated in other communities.
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