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Madagascar: Seven Malagasy illiterate women trained in solar engineering in India, back in their villages

Seven illiterate Malagasy women were returned to Madagascar after six months of training in engineering in the field of solar energy, in the region of Rajasthan in India.

Completely inexperienced in this field, these apprentices were initiated on-site of solar technologies by the Barefoot of Tilonia college in Grande peninsula.

They are thus able today to put their skills in solar energy in the service of their villages in the island.

"It's really an amazing experience. We learned how to make solar panels without talking neither French nor English. But we managed it, despite some particular linguistic constraints", said one of them.

Proposed training only to women, symbols of sedentary lifestyle in Africa, because "men are likely to emigrate to find work elsewhere after gaining new qualifications," supports the head of Bunker Roy Barefoot College.

About 700 women in Africa and Asia have already taken this program and over 1,000 villages were able to be supplied with renewable electrical energy, as relates the newspaper L'Express of Madagascar.

Antso Rajaona

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