Barefoot Engineers : Solar Power, Rajasthan, India

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Santosh Devi, aged 19, makes tea in her kitchen. She graduated 2 years ago from the solar engineering course of the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. She has since solar powered 20 homes in her village, Balaji Ki Dhani, Bauli, Nagur District, Rajasthan, making it the first village in India to be 100% solar powered in all houses. Above this, she does all maintenance for the neighbouring village, Gudda Ki Dhani, where the previous male solar engineer had left the village to find unrelated work in the city. Barefoot College prefers training women to be solar engineers for this reason that they have higher chances of staying in the village instead of moving to the cities. Photo by Suzanne Lee for Panos London