Solar Mamas / Noujaim Films
Grant Amount: $10000, on 10/18/12
Solar Mamas is a full-length documentary film that will be part of the Why Poverty? BBC series. It follows Rafea, a Bedouin woman who lives with her four daughters in Jordan, as she is given the chance to travel to India to attend Barefoot College, where illiterate women from around the world are trained in six months to become solar engineers. The filmmakers sensitively show the challenges she faces from her family and her husband, as well as the joy she discovers in learning a skill, working with other women, and helping her family and her village.