Training illiterate women to install solar panels – can it really be a bad idea?

I am so split on this one: of course anything that improves women’s lives (not to mention leads to the use of renewable power to provide light and heat to poor villages), has got to be good. But there are elements of this scheme that really made my skin crawl – for example, the women are trained, but they are purposefully not given certificates to show they are qualified, to prevent them leaving their communities for urban areas. So, giving women a bit of economic power and education is a good thing, but restrict them just enough that they are forced to stay where the agency wants them. Hmmm.

(Via Green Girls Global)

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