When power empowers women ... Web-documentary project on the Solar Mamas.


The project



The Barefoot College is a popular "university" that teaches low-skilled women from rural areas to become solar engineers.  In six months, women from different developing countries, who dont' even speak the same language and for most cannot read, learn how to build and repair solar panels, but also electrical networks, etc.


What moved us the most with this initiative is its way of teaching. Indeed, the Barefoot College is known for démystifying a knowledge usually reserved to an elite. In Belgium, not anyone can become an engineer. At the Barefoot College, an illiterate woman can, and in only 6 months. This is why we will focus on this horizontal education system and on the empowerment that results from it.


To reflect this way of learning, we want to tell you their adventures and stories through portraits. Those portraits will be made of testimonies from the women studying there. In September, we'll travel there to meet them. Since their classes also start in September, we'll arrive at the same time and then get their fresh motivations and hopes in the training for their futures. After that, we'll travel to villages near Tilonia which have benefited from the program, to see the impact of such an experience on rural communities. We will also take news from other previous students, including in Jordan.


All those stories will be shared in a web-documentary combining videos, photographes, texts … We are planning on developing an educational and didactive tool that would use the Barefoot College exemple to bring awareness to the citizens and offer them another vision on the subject of the solar energy, to understand how other people live. 




Empreintes and Les Amis De La Terre are our partners in Belgium and have as mission the environmental awareness and the popular education. Our approach takes part in the awareness campaign « With the South you dont lose the North » launched by Les Amis de la Terre.  


ARES (Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur) supports us financially for the expenses related to the diffusion of the final project in Belgium.  


We also won, in April, the 1st Canon prize ! Thanks to their help, we'll leave for India with the best equipment (photo and vidéo) possible. That will allow us to bring back a greater quality work.




Why fund it?

As you can imagine, a project like this one requires a lot of money. This is why we need your help !


We've evaluated the total budget of the realization of this documentary to 6000€.


Because we believe so much in this project, we all have a job on the side of our studies to finance a part of the costs. We already have our plane tickets and we'll take care of the costs linked to the passports, visas, vaccinations et insurances.


With this crowdfunding campaign, we hope to collect enough money to go further in the adventure !


- 2 150€ go to the Barefoot College itself. This covers our accommodations and food on the campus, the help of a translator, PLUS, the rest will help the College host next Solar Mamas with dignity.


- 250€ will help us buy some small but necessary equipment such as SD memory cards, a reflector, an hard drive ...


360€ will cover our transportations during the trip in India.


- It's also important to mention that 8% of the collect (240€) will go to the crowdfunding plateforme KissKiss BankBank.


If the collect goes higher than the hoped 3 000€, the money will help pay back parts of our plane tickets ...

Récits de Tilonia

Nous sommes 5 étudiantes en communication à l'IHECS (Bruxelles) et "Récits de Tilonia" représente notre travail de fin d'études. Ce documentaire est né de l'envie d'aller à la rencontre des Solar Mamas, ces femmes qui agissent pour changer leur quotidien, en suivant une formation d'ingénieur solaire. Notre équipe est assez complémentaire puisqu'elle... See more

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Félicitation pour la réussite de votre collecte, j'ai hâte de voir le résultat et recevoir le petit cadeau ;-)
Posted with my account, this contribution is from my friend Minerva Kylmänen! Thank you so much
Voilà ma petite shet shet! Beau projet! Profite bien de cette magnifique expérience!