A group of about 30 “solar mamas” from Tanzania and a few other African countries demonstrated their skills in fabrication, repair and maintenance of solar lanterns and household lighting systems to the Prime Minister today. They also presented their honey-extraction and stitching practices and sung a song “we shall overcome”.
Barefoot College, Tilonia (Rajasthan) has been promoting and training rural women solar engineers (solar mamas) from Africa in fabrication, installation, use, repair and maintenance of solar lanterns and household solar lighting under Government of India supported programmes. They have set up a Barefoot women vocational training college in Zanzibar Islands of Tanzania and other countries in Africa for imparting solar electrification skills (training) and distributing solar kits to trainees. These colleges also support various entrepreneurial skills such as bee-keeping, tailoring, etc. The solar mamas have fabricated and installed solar kits, and now maintain these solar electrification systems in their communities.
Celebrating the Solar Mamas!PM interacts with women trained in vocational skills under India's developmental support pic.twitter.com/ar5Cr92zed— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) July 10, 2016
The Solar Mamas come from across Africa, and are trained at Barefoot College in Rajasthan, or the centre in Tanzania pic.twitter.com/3ulVyHd9Tg— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) July 10, 2016
The Solar Mamas are trained in solar electrification and entrepreneurial skills such as bee-keeping& tailoring pic.twitter.com/9hLoivxICj— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) July 10, 2016
One for the cameras and an iPad! PM @narendramodi poses with the Solar Mamas pic.twitter.com/C7Cy9p4SzC— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) July 10, 2016