Teach a Rural Grandma to Install Solar Power

In NZ we could learn a lot from these barefoot poor illiterate African Women (grandmothers) engineers. It is a partnership
model not business model. The expression “Teach a Man to Fish” might now be replaced by “Teach a Rural Grandma to Install Solar Power.”

Margaret Thatcher said “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

Margaret Thatcher would be very proud of these barefoot women! This is one of the best stories I have seen lately.

Something small has mushroomed all over Africa. This is not a hand out but a hand up and these illiterate barefoot African women have taken ownership and made this project a success. Interesting that the men are not chosen to be barefoot solar engineers, they are considered untrainable.

What I liked was that they didn’t want all the “red tape” and costs and learned engineers associated with such projects. They just got stuck in – did it and took ownership.

And here is another link with similar story but told by a British woman. Barefoot Grandmothers Install Solar Power.

If they can do this in Africa surely we in NZ can do something with the so-called “illiterate poverty stricken” ones here in NZ.

View more: Barefoot College in India


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  • thor42

    Very good video, WO! Truly inspirational. 
    So – if **illiterate** grandmothers from Africa can become solar engineers in six months, then what excuse do beneficiaries here have for sitting and watching TV all day?

    Beneficiaries should (at the very least) be forced to get out and help groups like Habitat for Humanity.

    Quote –
    1976 Habitat for Humanity has built, repaired and renovated homes in
    nearly 100 countries with a new house being completed every 15 minutes.
    Construction on the 300,000 house started13 November 2008.  We have
    proudly housed more than 1.5 million people worldwide.”  
    “The first New Zealand house was built by our Franklin affiliate (now part of the  Auckland affiliate)  in
    Pukekohe in 1993.  We now have 11 affiliate offices throughout New
    Zealand, and we have helped give over 390 families a hand up into their
    own home.”