Barefoot Power was established in 2005 to manufacture and distribute pro-poor lighting products by Stewart Craine and Harry Andrews. Stewart’s background is in civil and electrical engineering and he worked as a renewable energy specialist consultant for more than six years. He spent three years designing and constructing micro-hydro power stations in Nepal, and worked extensively in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and China. Academically, Stewart has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Mathematics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering, with much of the research for these studies completed with forming Barefoot Power in mind. Harry is the regional manager for Barefoot Power’s African operations. He has a background of six years in renewable energy policy, project management and environmental assessment. Harry has worked extensively in Papua New Guinea, East Africa and Fiji. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies), postgraduate qualifications in Environmental Impact Assessment and is currently completing his Masters in Development Studies.
Barefoot Power is a global, social for-profit enterprise that manufactures and distributes solar phone charging, lighting products and business development services to people at the base of the global economic pyramid.
Founded in 2005, Barefoot Power has impacted the lives of one million people in over 20 countries. Over 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity and Barefoot Power is on a mission, to bring affordable renewable energy and efficient lighting to 5 million people by 2012 and 10 million people by 2015 and helperadicate energy poverty.
How will they do that? By bringing electricity to millions of people that currently use kerosene lighting and walk far for phone and battery charging, we plan on reversing the traditional process of rural electrification while reducing the global carbon footprint. Barefoot Power is funded through a diverse group of investors and the European Union. Learn more about our products, distribution models and financing opportunities at www.barefootpower.com