Doña Luz - Solar Mamas
Awarded and recognized over the last 40 years, winner of the 2013 Clinton Global Citizen Award, listed in the top 15 of the most influential international organisation, the Barefoot College has empowered communities of over 7,500 indigenous people including Mayas, Ixiles, Naso, N’gobe, Wayuu, Qechua, Huaves, Mosetenes and Aches by training mothers and grandmothers to become solar engineers and solar electrify their communities. Overall the Barefoot College has solar electrified more than 1000 communities in 72 countries.
THE DOÑA LUZ , BOOK PROJECT
Barefoot College sent award-winning French and Canadian photographer and filmmaker Varial (Cedric Houin) to document the life of 15 indigenous women from 5 countries in Latin America during this process: preparing to leave for this incredible journey: a 6-month training period in India; returning to their communities and electrifying more than 100 homes. A majority of them are indigenous communities and several have survived persecution and genocide with the majority of survivors currently living an impoverished existence. He has returned to create a self-published 350-page photo essay, revealing these unforgettable stories and indelible images.
Doña Luz - Solar Mamas Stories from Latin America tells the story not only of forgotten people, survivors of genocide, victims of oil exploitation, marginalized communities, but also of ambassadors of faith and courage.