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Empowering women to lead the way

Friends of Barefoot College--USA exists to fund innovative solutions for a better world.

We believe in the proven track record of Barefoot College to provide vital solar and enterprise training for women rising out of ultra poverty.
Every contribution is a direct connection between a benefactor to a woman or girl poised to make a lasting difference.




Help a woman #FLIP THE SWITCH

Our focus areas


Solar energy provides electricity and reduces carbon emissions. It is also a catalyst to boost income and provide self-reliant villages.
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Barefoot climate solutions from remote corners of the world provide a model for lasting impact.
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Barefoot educates more than 7,000 children each year by making academic subjects relevant to rural lifestyles. 
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Thousands of people receive training to become Barefoot professionals in a variety of careers that help sustain the local economy and community.
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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

— Alvin Toffler

Solar Electrification

Access to electricity opens doors to greater safety, education, employment, and more.

For the 1.2 billion people living without a source of light, the future can feel uncertain and without hope. We’re on a mission to equip and empower rural women from remote regions to spread village-based solutions that improve the wellbeing of families and communities everywhere.




We believe in the central role of women as changemakers.

By funding the Enriche Curriculum, we help give women the tools and training they need to become agents of sustainable change. The Enriche Curriculum is a supplementary program that all Barefoot Solar Engineer trainees receive during their stay at the Barefoot College.


Climate Solutions

Barefoot honored with Latin America Green Award

In recognition of Barefoot’s climate change impact across Latin and South America, Premios Latin America Verde, the most prestigious award for environmental interventions in Latin America, awarded Barefoot College and its project to solar electrify communities in Northern Colombia’s indigenous communities its most prestigious energy award in 2017. As concern over climate change impact grows, across-the-board solutions are needed to change the course of our planet’s health. Funding for Barefoot energy programs helps slow climate change and decrease environmentally hazardous consumption in communities as diverse as the Arctic Reindeer herders in Siberia to the deserts of Mexico.


Regional Training Centers

Barefoot Regional Training Centers are launching across the global south

Launching new centers help train more solar engineers who can disseminate their knowledge internationally. In Latin America, a Guatemala cooperative foundation donated a beautiful facility for Barefoot’s Regional Training Centre. The centre, once approved by the governments of India and Guatemala, will serve as as a needed hub for the West with significant regional economic and cultural impact. Funding for the regional center will help revitalize the property and launch the first of its kind training in Latin America.


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About Us

Barefoot College is a 47 year old not-for-profit entity registered in India. In order to create a way for USA based donors to support barefoot's missions, Friends of Barefoot College International USA, a 501c3 was created to support specific projects in Barefoot College's global expansion activities.


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