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.


  • Colombia

    Approximately six million of Colombia’s 46 million people live without electricity. In 2011, SELF began to explore ways to power indigenous villages throughout Colombia to provide indigenous communities with basic facilities in health and education using solar power. […]

  • 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: We recently completed a solar powered micro-enterprise center. Three buildings will house ten shops, forming a center of economic activity in the villages. The center courtyard, shaded by a solar array that powers the buildings, will create an inviting space for additional, smaller vendors. […]


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 […]


Women & Education: A Cornerstone of Development By SELF Staff, August 24, 2105 In the developing world, women are the foundation of community development. They are entrepreneurs, farmers, teachers, health providers, and homemakers. And yet, they are primarily uneducated; as young girls, they often leave primary schools in order to take care of the family […]


Sandra Philips, who spent two years on the ground for SELF in northern Benin, shares her personal story: When I stepped off the plane in Benin’s capital, Cotonou, I was greeted by warm fat raindrops and the assurance from locals that arriving with the rain is a blessing. I did not attach any particular meaning […]

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