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The Five Bare Foot Solar Sisters

Maasai Women in Barefoot College India

NAIROBI, March 14, 2011 Five Maasai women from Mara Naboisho Conservancy will be returning to Kenya as solar ‘engineers’ after six months of training in India courtesy of Basecamp Foundation Kenya and Barefoot College India.

The course involved lessons in solar electrical fittings, installation of solar household solar lighting systems, repairs and maintenance of installations.

“The five Barefootsolar sisters” as they are referred to in Mara, arrive home on Tuesday March 15th 2011 from India via Ethiopia.

A spokesman of the families and mother of one of the trainees, John Sengeny, says ‘a new breed of heroines and champions has been born in Mara’.

John will be leading a group of family members to receive their heroines at JKIA on 15thMarch 2011.

To qualify for training, the women had to be grandmothers aged between 40 – 50 years and received endorsement from their village elders as being responsible and dependable.

Each Solar sister will be expected to light/ install solar systems on 15 houses and be responsible for maintaining the same.

Maasai Women at Barefoot College India

In total the women will light some 60 houses around Mara Naboisho Conservancy by December 2011.

“The Basecamp Green Villages project under which the women were sponsored for training is as unique as the women trainees.

Targeting poor rural villages in Maasai Mara Kenya and India, the project aims to use solar technology to create environmentally and economically secure villages by investing in women and youth.

As the women don’t speak English, the trainers in India had to use sign language and practical demonstration, using color coordinated cables to teach the women.

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