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Solar Mamas: Are women better at getting out of poverty than men?

Source: Why Poverty?


Directors: Mona Eldaief & Jehane Noujaim
Producer: Mette Heide
Produced by Plus Pictures
Why Poverty? website

An inspiring film about one woman’s attempt to light up her world.

Rafea is the second wife of a Bedouin husband. She is selected to attend the Barefoot College in India that takes uneducated middle-aged women from poor communities and trains them to become solar engineers. The college's 6-month programme brings together women from all over the world. Learning about electrical components and soldering without being able to read, write or understand English is the easy part. Witness Rafea's heroic efforts to pull herself and her family out of poverty.