Colombia: Award for EGP and Barefoot College’s Sustainable Project

Published on Monday, 4 September 2017

“The electrification of seven rural zones in Colombia, including six in La Guajira, was made possible thanks to a partnership between Enel Green Power and the Barefoot College NGO.”

In 2011 and 2013, we signed two Memoranda of understanding for Latin America with the organisation founded by Bunker Roy in India, thanks to which 40 communities in nine countries on the continent have been electrified and 44 solar mamas, mostly young grandmothers between 35 and 50 years, have been trained.

EGP’s role is mainly to provide the solar kits to the community and to deal with all logistics. The Indian Government covers the cost of travel from various countries to the Barefoot College in Tilonia, in the state of Rajasthan, while Barefoot College takes care of the women during their six-month stay in the Indian village, providing training on installing and repairing the solar kits.

“Communities like Magalys’ now have access to clean energy, paying $1.50 a month for the use of the photovoltaic panels: money that goes to compensating the women-engineers and also to replacing the panels when necessary.”

It’s an initiative for female empowerment, which for the wayuu ethnicity is connected to ancient custom, since women of the community have always had the responsibility of preserving life, culture and the traditions of their territory.