Barefoot College, African grandmothers become solar engineers.
In 1972, Sanjit “Bunker” Roy founded the Barefoot College, in the village of Tilonia in Rajasthan, India, with the goal of empowering rural communities to become self-sufficient. His mission seemed unachievable – even silly — to many, yet Bunker refused to be dissuaded, pursuing his dream to help the poor help themselves. He used the learning-by-doing philosophy to teach people the skills necessary to efficiently run their communities. Solar energy, literacy, water, education, health care, rural handicrafts, women’s empowerment and wasteland development were among the many programs offered through the Barefoot College, which today is recognized as one of the most impactive social entrepreneurship programs to have ever been developed.