Updated Jan 17, 2019

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Registered as a Non-Profit.

Focus Areas:

Primary Care

Primary CareSEE LESS

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Target Beneficiaries

Income of Population Served: Low-income

Mission and Vision

Since its inception, the long term objective of the Barefoot College has been to work with marginalized, exploited and impoverished rural poor, living on less than $1 a day, and lift them over the poverty line with dignity and self respect. The dream was to establish a rural college in India that was built by and exclusively for the poor. The College believes that for any rural development activity to be successful and sustainable, it must be based in the village as well as managed and owned by those whom it serves.

Innovation Description

The Barefoot College health care section aims to provide basic health services to more than 150 villages in five development blocks of Rajasthan through a team of Barefoot doctors, health workers, midwives, pathologists and dentists - all with little or no educational background. The College has been training men and women from the villages so that rural communities are less dependent on external aid.


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