Barefoot College, an innovative program in Rajasthan, India, trains rural women as barefoot solar engineers. The college was established in 1972 with the conviction that solutions to rural problems lie within the community. The focus is on practical knowledge and skills rather than paper qualifications through a hands-on, learning by doing educational process.
As of December 2007, over 390 barefoot solar engineers in 14 countries have been trained. As a result of their work, solar plants, fixed units, solar lanterns, solar water heaters and parabolic cookers generate over 700,000 kilowatts of solar energy. Impressive!