What is a Solar Mama
Solar Mama is an affectionate term that refers to the uneducated, courageous women from poor, rural communities who are chosen to become solar engineers.
“Solar Mamas” is based on the idea that these women will become engineers while continuing to be in their roles as mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters. Rather than separating these women from their maternal role, the moniker indicates how their education provides Solar Mamas with even more power to provide stability, guidance and wisdom to those around them.
How are Solar Mamas selected
It takes a village
The selection process to become a Solar Engineer/Solar Mama is carried out in situ by the communities themselves. Most often have the entire community involved in the selection process. It’s done this way because it is important to begin all Solar Mama programs by including the whole community in the journey of choosing which women will become engineers. This helps each individual in the community to feel valued in the process of selection. Women Light The World works with Barefoot College in this process.
Our shared aim is to help our participating communities better themselves. We want our program to help community members discover the value and skills that exist within their own female family and friends. Ultimately, the changes become self-sustaining because we give local communities ownership and agency over implementing the future.