No Problem! Six Months with the Barefoot Grandmamas

No Problem! Six Months with the Barefoot Grandmamas is about the rural solar electrification project run by the Barefoot College in the village of Tilonia in the state of Rajasthan, India, where numerous illiterate rural women from all over the world, particularly Africa, are being trained as solar engineers. The solar-electrification project symbolizes hope – as a simple idea originating from a little known village in India has the potential to impact global communities.

The film follows the story of the 2011 batch of African women, from Tanzania-Zanzibar, South Sudan, Malawi, and Liberia, as they live together in Tilonia — leaving their families and their countries for the first time in their lives. The women live and learn together for six months without knowing each other’s languages, but sharing a unifying goal – to become solar engineers and bring electricity to their villages which have never had light.

No Problem! Six Months with the Barefoot Grandmamas is the story of these courageous women — most of them middle aged grandmothers — full of optimism, often fighting against their traditional roles and duties, to be a part of a life-transforming journey not only for themselves but for all those who they will take back light for. Through their stories, a fascinating tale of sustainability, demystification of technology, and social inclusion unfolds.

Partners in Dhaka Prepared to “Use Film to Inspire Change”

spider web

A length of pink and white striped yarn wrapped around each of our wrists to form a web – connecting trainer to trainee, office staff to field staff, woman to man. Each of us declared our commitment to promoting girls’ education and ending child marriage across Bangladesh and around the world. Some promised to share what they had learned with their colleagues and communities. Some took a more personal oath to educate and nurture their own daughters, or to refuse wedding invitations when the bride was too young. The sense of community grew stronger as we each articulated our promise – our connections stretching not only across the room – but across Bangladesh, across borders, across the globe. Continue reading