A Uniquely Sustainable School
In 2019, SELF completed a solar system installation at the College Marie Reine Immaculée in Port au Prince, a school and community center. In addition to being a Catholic school, it provides a compassionate refuge for street children, as well as a sewing room for the Peace Quilts project that gives women an opportunity to earn an income by making artistic quilts. The solar project was designed to be sustainable to ensure that the solar system could generate enough money to maintain itself into perpetuity, while providing light and Internet connection to the students and electricity for irons, lights, and sewing machines for the quilters.
The revenue streams that made up the business plan were solar applications like charging stations for cell phones, water pumps for selling clean water, a computer café for communication, and refrigerators for selling cold drinks. All of the systems are operational, but with months of violent street demonstrations and the COVID-19 pandemic, customers are scarce. We are confident that the situation will improve when life begins to return to normal.
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Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 25 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rain forest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.
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