Barefoot College

“Connecting Rural Communities for Global Impact”

The Barefoot College connects rural communities to solar, water, education, professions and advocacy. They create solutions that work at the village level with a combination of traditional skills and experiential learning. Barefoot College’s Enriche program builds on the aspirations of Solar Mamas by making sure they have the right ‘toolkit’ of knowledge and expertise to start small business enterprises.

In Zanzibar beekeeping was first piloted as a livelihood for women to help improve their and their communities sustainable economic profile. Global Neighborhood provided a grant for a dedicated bottling unit so that humidity can be controlled, along with equipment for processing and storing their honey. This process allows for the highest level of hygiene and extends shelf life. As a result, scaling up is possible as honey can be made available to valuable markets such as hotels and shops.