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swepabarefoot – SWEPA Barefoot Solar Project

Borneo’s Solar Mama – Tarihing

The story of a 43 year old , gutsy , fearless grandmother from Kampong Sonsogon Magandai whose life would change in an extraordinary way on Nov. 8 2017.  Being selectively handpicked by Mr. Bunker Roy , founder of Barefoot College, in Tilonia India and having graduated at the top of her class to become Malaysia’s […]

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Homecoming Party & Pre Launch of REW Building

Saturday September 17 2016, was a day to remember and go down in history as yet another milestone turned by Swepa bringing back successfully two grandmas from Barefoot College, Tilonia, India as Sabah’s 2nd and 3rd respective ‘solar engineers’. It is Swepa’s pride and joy to see Gining and Rusni join the pioneer ‘solar engineer’, […]

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Second Bomba Heli Airlift Success – THE JOURNEY

“Like what they say, in any expedition, it’s the journey that makes the difference, not the destination.” – John Kong Around 3.30pm, 7 of us assembled at the residence belonging to SWEPA Barefoot Project Chairlady, Datin Jeanette Tambakau. And who were we? We were Datuk Aminah Ambrose (SWEPA Vice President), Ursula U (SWEPA member), and […]

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Building a Rural Electrical Workshop: a summer spent in Kampong Sungai Magandai, Malaysian Borneo

During the summer of 2016, a group of young people from around the world volunteered with Raleigh International in Kampong Sungai Magandai to deliver a rural electrical workshop (REW) in partnership with Sabah Women Entrepreneurs and  Professionals Association (SWEPA), Barefoot College, Government of India, Tan Sui Lin Foundation, Sabah Energy Corporation, Sabah Government, Mouawad,Asian Forestry […]

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