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Our Partners

Tilonia® is a mission-driven enterprise building the business capacity and entrepreneurial skills of artisan enterprises in rural India. It is a joint initiative of the Barefoot College and Friends of Tilonia, Inc.

The Barefoot College of Tilonia

Tilonia, a village in rural Rajasthan, is the home of the Barefoot College. Since 1972, the College has worked to improve the lives of the rural poor by addressing basic needs for water, electricity, housing, health, education and income. Today, women from more than 93 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America have been trained by the College to solar electrify their own communities.

Friends of Tilonia

Friends of Tilonia, Inc. is a US non-profit organization which helps to support the rural development programs of its charitable affiliates in India, Mexico, Guatemala and Cambodia.  Through its Sprout Enterprise® initiative, FOT is building a network of artisans, designers and entrepreneurs creating sustainable livelihoods for rural communities with few economic alternatives. Available through www.SproutEnterprise.net are artisan collections from Avani, Batz' TextilesCADA Foundation, Chamuchic, Collectivo 1050º, El Camino de Los Altos, Elrhino Paper, Flor de Xochistlahuaca, Itza Wood, Kala Swaraj Foundation, Natural ArtROPE, Sonica Sarna DesignStudio Xaquixe, tonlé, Tilonia®, WomenWeave, Wayil by Algones Mayas.

Join us in creating economic opportunities for women and girls in rural India. 


American Endowment Foundation • Ayco Charitable Foundation • Bank of America Charitable Foundation • CAA Foundation • Chase Family Foundation • First Giving • First Reformed Church • Global Giving • GQG Partners Community Development Foundation • Jerry Jones Trust • KL Felicitas Foundation • Lenora Foundation • M.A. & Josephine Grisham Foundation • Latika & Rajiv Jain Foundation • McWilliams/Piraino Family Foundation • Microsoft Matching Gifts • T & J Meyer Foundation • Tides Foundation • Mlinda Foundation • Mostyn Foundation • Nadel Family Charitable Fund • Network for Good • PayPal Giving Fund• Pepsico Foundation •Razoo Foundation • Rudy & Alice Ramsey Foundation • Schwab Charitable Foundation • Sierra Club Foundation • So Hum Foundation • The Gianturco Family Foundation • VMWare Foundation

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We appreciate your support and thank you for your contribution.

Sprout Enterprise® Impact Report 2020:  20 years of support for community and small enterprise development in rural communities.

Friends of Tilonia, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in the State of New York. A copy of our latest annual report is available by request or from the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10005.

Friends of Tilonia, Inc., 134 Lincoln Place No 2, Brooklyn, NY 11217