From Latin America to India: Travelling to Discover the Sun

Published on Saturday, 4 June 2016

“Meeting the communities around me, I found absolutely ordinary people with incredible skills and knowledge that remained hidden, invisible and not respected. ”

– Bunker Roy, Founder of Barefoot College

Bring the sun home

Thanks to this collaboration with Barefoot College, we are bringing light, skills and jobs to isolated communities in Peru, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Brazil, Ecuador and Panama.

“It’s really nice to see the reaction of people that have never had light at home; to see their smiles, the happiness of the children... it’s like a dream come true. I’m very happy to have learned at the Barefoot College”, says Paula today.

“Since 2012, EGP’s partnership with Barefoot College has involved 41 communities in 9 Latin American countries, bringing benefits to over 19,000 people.”

An Oscar-worthy story

The Latin American women’s journey to India, their days at Barefoot College and their return to the community as “solar engineers” are recounted in the documentary video “Bring the sun home”, a recipient of awards at numerous film festivals and competitions, directed by Chiara Andrich and Giovanni Pellegrini.

“Electricity powers refrigerators to preserve food and medicine, gives light to children and young people to read and study, makes water purification systems operate... electricity changes lives.”

Around the world, over 1 billion people don’t have stable access to electricity. This condition keeps them from possibilities that most developed countries take for granted.

Our collaboration with Barefoot College is a simple but revolutionary example of how to make the impossible possible: contributing to the common good of people inhabiting regions of the earth often considered hopelessly excluded from development.