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Empowering women through rural electrification

7 June 2010 – An Indian project in Cameroon which aims to empower women was presented to the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family last week.

Consul General of India, J Ravi Kumar presented the project which aims to create solar engineers in villages in Cameroon. The project would require semi literal women to go to India for training the Barefood College for six months’ worth of training as solar energy engineers.  This would enable the women, on their return to Cameroon, to provide services for electrification of homes in their villages with solar energy. 

Already two women from Munyenge II in the South West Region have been trained in India and are now engineers in solar energy. The next training programme will be in September and will be financed by the Indian government.

"Before the end of the year, one village will be completely electrified by women who are being trained in India," he said. He also expressed hope that a Barefoot College will also be opened in Cameroon in future.

For her part, Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Family, Marie Thérèse Abena Obama said the idea is welcome. She said solar energy is important as Cameroon is presently facing the effects of climate change.