Originally written by Amie Newman, for Impatient Optimists.

On Monday 5 November, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) will air the story of Rafea, a 30 year old Bedouin woman living in Jordan with four children and a husband who is about to take on his third wife. Solar Mamas marks the United States premier of the Why Poverty? project: a series of ground-breaking documentaries, and an accompanying digital platform, intended to ignite a global discussion about what it means to be poor in the 21st Century.

Solar Mamas asks: Are women better at getting out of poverty than men? At the core, this is 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 in India, where women from poor communities around the world train to become solar engineers.


Watch the trailer of Solar Mamas

For information about when you can watch Solar Mamas and all the other films in the Why Poverty? series, visit ITVS.

Watch. Be provoked. Be inspired. Ask questions. Retweet.

Then, join the Why Poverty? debate by following @askwhypoverty and using the #whypoverty and #solarmamas hashtags or comment on the Facebook page. Because by talking about poverty and watching these inspiring narratives, we can come up with solutions and change the world together.