Meet the mothers of Angaradebou.

A lengthy dry season makes growing food in northern Benin incredibly difficult. SELF's Solar Market Garden combines solar-powered pumps with drip irrigation to enable year-round food production.

Access to energy:

Saves Lives

Vaccine refrigerators, medical equipment, and water purification systems can’t run without access to electricity.

Feeds Families

Solar-powered pumps ensure clean water delivery and can be combined with drip irrigation for food production.

Improves Education

Lights, computers, and internet connectivity reduce the barriers to students pursuing an education.

Increases Income

Electricity equips entrepreneurs with tools to jumpstart small business operations, creating more robust local economies.

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Solutions to Energy Poverty: How to Build a Brighter Future

For many of us, flipping on a light switch or turning on the tap is an unremarkable event. But for the one billion people living in energy poverty, it can be life changing. There has been a greater push in recent years to expand energy access to underserved areas, and some particularly promis...

Sustainability: The Long-Term Solution for Success

Imagine that your assignment is to install a solar system on a Haitian mountaintop village that has no passable roads.  And it’s raining.  And your transport vehicle is stuck—its wheels spinning and splattering mud in every direction while people in the community above you wait anxiou...

View SELF’s Latest Annual Report

Dear Friends, It is a pleasure to share SELF’s 2020 Annual Report with you all—a year of extraordinary challenges brought on by COVID-19. I applaud the SELF staff and our project partners from their determination to fulfill their commitments to each other. as a result we were able to p...

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Energy poverty by the numbers

It’s about more than turning the lights on. The impacts of energy poverty span nearly every aspect of life.


billion people lack safe drinking water1


billion people live without adequate sanitation1


% of people use dangerous cooking systems2


% of people don’t have internet access3

Source: The 2021 Sustainable Development Goals Report

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SELF is a global leader in the fight against energy poverty. Since 1990, we’ve pioneered unique applications for solar energy, powering progress on food security, health care, education, gender equity, and more. 

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