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.

Project Highlights

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Take a Look at SELF’s 2020 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...

SELF Partners with New Cryptocurrency Voltbit

Voltbit, a newly launched digital token, is setting aside 1% of every transaction and placing it into a charity wallet that will be used to help combat energy poverty around the world. SELF is pleased to be working with Voltbit and this new model of crypto-philanthropy as a means of deliver...

SELF featured in the new documentary, Switch On!

Across the developing world, nearly one billion people lack safe, reliable energy—impacting lighting, literacy and education, water and food supply, communication and technology, healthcare, trade, and the economy, social programs, and government. Everything.  WATCH SWITCH ON NOW! ...

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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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