22 Aug '11, 10am

Social Enterprise Because the Planet's Worth It | Social Enterprise via @justmeans

A new Barefoot College opens this September in Sierra Leone and will be the first one in Africa to train other women in solar engineering. It aims to enrol up to 50 students on four-month residential courses. The Sierra Leone government has invested approximately $820,000 in this social enterprise initiative. Yvette Stevens of the ministry of energy and water, in Sierra Leone says, "We are developing a broader rural energy programme focusing on community, productive and social needs. The government envisages local solar systems will provide power for clinics, schools, and for water pumps, communal television, and computer centres". Sierra Leone is still catching up after the lost years of the decade-long civil war that wiped out the country's fragile infrastructure. More than 60% of people (about 3.6 million) live rurally and even in the urban areas, more than 90% of peopl...

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