|Barefoot solar engineering workshop|
The answer is, grandmothers. Following the success of a similar scheme in India, the World Wildlife Fund has sponsored seven older women from Madagascar to do six months' training at the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan. On their return they will responsible for setting up solar powered electricity supplies to nearly 400 homes in two villages.
|Barefoot solar engineers in Africa|
The Barefoot College has been training grandmothers as solar engineers for several years. According to the college website, since 2008 the grandmothers they have trained have provided electricity to more than 40,000 households, bringing light to more than 450,000 individuals in 1,015 villages. That's in addition to helping communities provide electricity to public buildings such as schools and hospitals, along with solar powered water heating and desalination.
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