23 Dec '11, 3pm

Lovely handcrafted wearable art by rural artisans on ecco * eco ... @lostinfiber

Lovely handcrafted wearable art by rural artisans on ecco * eco ... @lostinfiber

is a mission-driven, social enterprise aimed at developing the entrepreneurial skills and business capacity of artisan enterprises managed and owned by artisans in rural India. This non-profit was named after the small village of Tilonia, which is home of the Barefoot College . Since 1972, the college has worked to improve the lives of the poorest of the poor by training them to become “Barefoot” professionals. These semi-literate women and men from rural communities become Barefoot solar and water engineers, architects, teachers, midwives and paramedics, thus creating their own solutions to meet basic needs for water, electricity, housing, health, education and income. Tilonia is replicating the “Barefoot” model by developing and working with cooperatives (such as Avani) to train Barefoot e-commerce managers who operate the web-based platform and online store, manage and ...

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Solar ATMs Bring Change(s) to Rural India

Solar ATMs Bring Change(s) to Rural India

treehugger.com 04 Jan '12, 8pm

How do you gain access to your money if your bank is many miles away? Well, ATMs. But how does a village have an ATM if it...