Mother Power — harnessing of solar power – ‘Solar Mamas’ power up women’s development

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Women in Rajasthan villages harness solar power with expert training from Barefoot College in Ajmer. Sita Devi, 55, from Barmer is getting ready to go to the residential Barefoot College in the small village of Tilonia in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. She is one of the 17 women from far-flung villages in the State that the college is hosting to train in solar home-lighting system fabrication, assembling of solar panels and trouble shooting. A college in Rajasthan teaches rural women — many of them illiterate — how to fabricate solar panels, lights and photovoltaic circuits “It is time we focus on women.” These are the words of Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, the founder of Barefoot College. Set up in 1972, this college, located in the village of Tilonia, 110km south-west of Jaipur, teaches rural women — many of them illiterate — […]