Solar Mamas is a film about the heroic efforts of one woman as she overcomes significant difficulties to become a solar engineer. The film follows Rafea, the second wife of a Bedouin, who wants a better life for herself and her children. The Barefoot College takes uneducated middle-aged women from poor communities around the world and trains them to become solar engineers to create power and jobs in their communities. The film shows their lives on the campus and how learning about electrical components and soldering without being able to read, write, or understand English is the easy part. Harder to negotiate is the pressure from Rafea's patriarchal, unemployed Bedouin husband who demands that she returns home.
Following the worldwide broadcast, the series of documentaries is available online for downloading to be used by organisations, schools and anybody wishing to stimulate discussion and debate around poverty.
This one-hour documentary is part of a series of documentaries that form part of the Why Poverty? campaign, a cross media event taking place in November 2012. Eight award-winning film makers were asked to produce this series of documentaries about poverty, with each documentary looking at a different aspect of poverty. The series will be broadcast by 70 broadcasters from around the world reaching more than 500 million people via television, radio, internet and live events.