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.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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