> WHOLE VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT

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.

PROJECT UPDATES

  • Colombia

    UPDATE: SELF has completed installation of a 12.5 kW solar micro-grid in Sabana Crespo, a traditional village in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern Colombia with a population of 12,000. […]

  • Benin

    UPDATE: The micro-enterprise center we solarized in Benin is bustling with business. Over the past year, small businesses have been created and are succeeding with solar powered refrigerators, cell phone charging stations, and even outside lighting so that businesses can be open at night. […]

  • 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. […]

Meet Our Supporters

It may surprise you to learn that there is a group of very young philanthropists who are intent on changing the world. SELF is fortunate to have been selected for support by one of them. Her name is Ruthie, and she is 13 years old. Recently celebrating her Bat Mitzvah, she asked her guests to […]

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A Clean Glass of Water is Beyond the Reach of Hundreds of Millions of People By Matthew Cullom June 20, 2015 For the month of June, SELF is joining Global Giving to raise $17,000 to provide villagers in the Kalalé region of Benin with a solar-powered potable water system. The need is dire, especially for […]

PERSONAL STORIES

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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