SELF’s Whole Village Development Model takes an integrated approach to community empowerment using a mix of solar energy solutions to improve the lives of people who don’t have access to electricity. By working closely with communities and adhering to our operating principles of SELF Determination, SELF Help and SELF Reliance, we seek to provide benefits in:

Education: powering lights, computers and wireless internet services.
Health: powering facility lights, labs, diagnostic equipment and vaccine refrigerators.
Water & Agriculture: powering water wells and pumps for clean drinking water and year-round crop irrigation.
Enterprise: powering centers for small businesses and providing electricity for machinery and equipment.
Community: electrifying homes, community centers and street lighting.


  • Haiti

    UPDATE: We recently finished installing new solar systems to power six primary schools and one junior high school in the Boucan Carré district of Haiti’s Central Plateau, and we also installed eighteen new solar powered street lights to provide security on its roads. […]

  • SELF in Benin


    UPDATE: 17 streetlights have been installed in Bessassi and Dunkassa, and 6 lights have also been installed in each village’s market to help support nighttime sales. Next up is the installation of a solar system that will power micro-enterprise centers in each village. […]

  • Colombia Man w Panel


    UPDATE: The very first solar direct drive (battery-free) ice pack freezers for storing vaccines are being monitored. All are working better than expected and they are now commercially available. And, we are preparing to provide a solar micro-grid in Sabana Crespo to power a local health clinic, school and other services for the community. […]


Benin Kids

Access to energy is foundational to achieving a broad range of basic human rights and all of the Millennium Development Goals. SELF’s ENERGY IS A HUMAN RIGHT™ campaign provides a voice to the 1.5 billion people around the world living without access to modern energy services and calls upon everyone to join the campaign to […]



In early 2012, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon formally launched the U.N.’s International Year of Sustainable Energy for All Initiative whose goals are to: ensure universal access to modern energy services for the world’s poor; double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy […]


Like many Arhuaco people that were displaced during the 60-year civil war in Colombia before him, Vinci and his family sought to find more fertile land than where they were living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. Eventually, they found an area suitable for farming, and it was there that he declared his desire […]

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2013 SELF Annual Report