Mission

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit whose mission is to design and implement solar energy solutions to assist those living in energy poverty with their economic, educational, health care and agricultural development. Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa, and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

Our Whole Village Development Model takes an integrated approach to community empowerment using a mix of solar energy solutions to improve the lives of the 1.5 billion people who don’t have access to electricity around the world.  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, health, food and water security, enterprise, and community.

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With the power of the sun and your help, we can eliminate energy poverty. Thank you for your support!

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2012 SELF Annual Report