August 2013 Newsletter

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> BENIN

Eight new Solar Market Gardens™ are up and running and we’ve also completed the installation of solar systems for two schools and a health center in each of our two pilot villages, Dunkassa and Bessassi. Soon, we will also be powering a micro-enterprise center and street lights, completing our Whole Village Development Model!

> 2012 ANNUAL REPORT

2012 was SELF’s busiest year ever, and our projects are now improving the lives of close to 500,000 people. We hope you share our pride in the results – thank you to all of our supporters for making all of this possible:

> In Benin, we installed 8 Solar Market Gardens and solarized 6 schools and 2 health centers.
> In Haiti, we solarized 21 schools, 14 health centers, 1 fish farm, and 1 Solar Market Garden.

To see more results, please view our report here.

> NEWS

We were prominently featured in the article, “Doing Good by Doing Solar” that appeared in the latest issue of Renewable Energy World Magazine. The piece focuses on how solar power can solve some of the world’s worst humanitarian problems.

> BOB’S BLOG: POWERING AFRICA – THE HOPE & THE PROMISE

When President Obama announced his Power Africa initiative – whose goal is to develop more than 8,000 megawatts of new electricity in sub-Saharan Africa – I was excited at the prospect of more lights being turned on in Africa, more children being able to go to school and access online resources, more patients being treated and vaccinated at rural health clinics, more farmers finding ways to ensure their own food security, and more small entrepreneurs launching new businesses. Read Bob’s blog on Huffington Post.

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