Barefoot MBA


Download a copy of the Barefoot MBA:

Barefoot MBA – Thailand – Rural (2007)

Barefoot MBA – Thailand – Urban (2008)

Barefoot MBA – Guatemala – Agriculture (2008)

Barefoot MBA – Guatemala – Tourism (2008)

Barefoot MBA – India – Rural (2009)

Barefoot MBA – Rhode Island – Green (2010)

Barefoot MBA – Nicaragua (2010)

Barefoot MBA – Rwanda (2010)

Download the Barefoot MBA Adaptation Guide:

Adaptation Guide

We encourage you to download and use the above documents as you see fit. Though we appreciate credit where credit is due, all we ask in return is that you share with us, by e-mail or by posting a comment to this page, who you are, how you are using the Barefoot MBA and your feedback. We plan to post additional versions as they are created. If you have adapted or implemented the Barefoot MBA in another region, please send us your document so we can post it here and others can benefit from it.


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Hi there,

I downloade the curriculum as I’m volunteering in a semirural area in India for two years. Unemployment is a huge issue in the twon and surrounding villages. We’re thinking about starting up an entrepreneurship or business incubation project so I wanted to see what you guys had to offer.

Thanks so much,

Comment by Radhika

We’re happy you found it helpful. Please let us know if there’s anything else you would find useful, and keep checking back for more updates.

Comment by Scott

Katherine and Scott,

I look forward to sharing your curriculum with Fundacion Paraguaya, a Paraguayan microfinance Institute that teaches sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship at its financially self-sufficient Organic Farm School near Asuncion.

Let us know when you’d like to visit the high school – you’re welcome anytime!

Best Regards,

Comment by Sarita Role

Great! Please keep us posted and let us know if there’s anything we can do to help.


Comment by Barefoot MBA

I read about your work from the Stanford Business newsletter. My husband Raymond graduated from the B-school last year. I run an NGO that provides livelihood training for urban poor women in the Philippines. We supply them with the materials they need to get started, while I’m currently setting-up a micro-financing arm. However, my problem has always been the business and marketing skills aspect of small-scale entrepreneurship. I’m sure your curriculum can be of help. Oh, and please consider coming over to Manila when time permits. I’m sure many organizations like mine can learn much from your contributions. Thanks again!

Comment by Joy Belmonte-Alimurung

My name is Meredith and I am doing Corporate Social Responsibility for a forestry company in Uganda, East Africa. I was told about this site by friends of mine working here who are GSB Alums. Some of our contractors (from very rural areas) and foresters are in great need of MBA training that is affordable and accessable and I think this curriculum looks like a great option. This is a wonderful idea. Thanks very much for the valuable starting point. I’ll keep you posted on our progress. We’re also going to see if it can be passed on to local savings and credit cooperatives. General business knowledge is extremely lacking in the areas we operate. Thanks again!

Comment by Meredith Bates

Thank you for the work. I love work with student communities in Uganda and hope your resources will be of value.

Comment by Ernest

I am unable to download the copy of the Barefoot MBA-Rural ( India). Would be much obliged if you could mail me a copy of the same. I am a MBA grad from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and have worked for the past 22 years with the corporate sector in India and abroad. Since April 2008, have got into the social entrepreneur role, addressing the concerns of enhancing rural and urban employability for the thousands of youth in India. Would like to seek ways and means of getting into a collaborative partnership with your team in devising a suitable education framework relevant to India.

Comment by Jagannath Rao

I attended the ToT in Bacolod in 2009. I will now start training our staff this February and hope to to the same to our 3000 members of the cooperative in partnership with Global initiative to advance entrepreneurship (GIVE) and Entrepreneurs DuMonde (EDM) of france.I have translated it in Filipino version. I know that this is the missing link in the Microfinance program, to develop the enterprising poor in becoming sustainable not only the institution but also to them. And through this program, members will be equipped, enhanced their God given skills, productive and contributors to human and economic development and thus becoming social investors. May you come and visit us too.

Comment by Zeny De Jesus

Hi, I am volunteering with a group in Nicaragua and am in the middle of adapting the Barefoot MBA for our group here. I think it’s a great programme but I’m having trouble trying to think of the activities. I wonder if anyone has any ideas of some great activities that we could use?
Thanks so much in advance

Comment by Amy-Ruth MacDonald

My name is Wilson I attend the session at Maker faire in Nairobi and it was great. I’m a trainer and web developer.

Comment by Wilson Masaka

Dear Katherine & Scott,

Would just wish to state that what you guys have started is nothing short of FANTASTIC ! Kudos to the effort, hard work and commitment meted by the both of you towards this project.I have sent a short email highlighting the use of your work in our project and your recommendations if any.

Best Regards,


Comment by Nikhil Nair

I work for FACE AIDS in the Eastern Province of Rwanda and we are planning on using the Barefoot MBA curriculum to train our HIV association members on small business concepts. I was wondering, aside from your curriculum, are suggested activities also available? I noticed some on the India and Guatemala curricula and wondered if there were more or if they were available in Kinyarwanda? Thank you!

Comment by Madden Rowell

Will the Nicaragua file be fixed soon?

Comment by Erica

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Hello! My name is Victoria and I’m volunteering for a year in Moshi, Tanzania, where I am teaching business at a small school for adults called Give A Heart To Africa. The school provides free education in Business, Computers, and English to adults–primarily women–who haven’t had the chance to go to secondary school. I think that the Barefoot MBA would greatly complement our business class curriculum and I would like to start introducing some of the lessons during our extra-help sessions. I was wondering if the “optional activities” mentioned in the Urban Thailand version are accessible somewhere, since I haven’t been able to find them. Many thanks for your help, and thanks for having developed this wonderful program! I will keep you posted on our experience here in Moshi using the Barefoot MBA program.

All the best,

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Hi, Love the concept. Are you still active? The last comment was almost three years ago.

Comment by Dean Curtis

Have you ever thought about writing an e-book or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based upon on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would value your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail.

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