Empowering women to lead the way

Friends of Barefoot College--Switzerland exists to fund innovative global programs.

We believe in the proven track record of Barefoot College to provide vital learning experiences for women and girls throughout the global south.

Every contribution is a direct connection between a benefactor to a woman or girl poised to make a lasting difference.

Our funding programs


Solar energy provides electricity and reduces carbon emissions. It is also a catalyst to boost income and provide self-reliant villages.
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Every community has the right to clean water. Combining traditional practices with new technologies makes water accessible, clean and safe.
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Barefoot educates more than 7,000 children each year by making academic subjects relevant to rural lifestyles. 
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Thousands of people receive training to become Barefoot professionals in a variety of careers that help sustain the local economy and community.
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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

— Alvin Toffler

Solar Electrification

Access to electricity opens doors to greater safety, education, employment, and more.

For the 1.2 billion people living without a source of light, the future can feel uncertain and without hope. We’re on a mission to equip and empower rural women from remote regions to spread village-based solutions that improve the wellbeing of families and communities everywhere.




We believe in the central role of women as changemakers.

By funding the Enriche Curriculum, we help give women the tools and training they need to become agents of sustainable change. The Enriche Curriculum is a supplementary program that all Barefoot Solar Engineer trainees receive during their stay at the Barefoot College.


Digital Night Schools

Digital technology powered by Barefoot

With the introduction of digital technology powered by Barefoot solar-powered projectors and other off-grid solutions, our funding improves the Barefoot Education program. We will help open 25 new night schools associated with solar electrified villages, expand the rural solar bridge school model across 8 states in India, and ensure that children have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.


Regional Training Centers

Barefoot Regional Training Centers are launching across the global south

Launching new centers in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Islands, helps to train more solar engineers who can then disseminate their knowledge internationally. Barefoot Regional Training Centres are launching across the global south, including Zanzibar (2016), Madagascar (2017), Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia (2017), Guatemala (2017), Indonesia, Myanmar, and Fiji.


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Barefoot College is a 45 year old not-for-profit entity registered in India.