An inspiring film about one woman’s attempt to light up her world. Rafea is an uneducated Bedouin mother from the Jordanian desert. She gets the chance to go to the Barefoot College, where middle-aged women from poor communities train to become solar engineers, and bring power to their communities.
The college brings together women from all over the world. But learning about electrical components without being able to read, write or understand English is the easy part. Rafea is forced to risk everything, including losing her children, if she wants to complete the course.
Women make up half the world’s population and yet represent a staggering 70% of the world’s poor. Of the world’s 875 million illiterate adults, two-thirds are women. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half of the world’s food, but earn only 10% of the world’s income and own 1% of the world’s property. On average, women earn half of what men earn.