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Causes: Economic Development, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Rural Economic Development

Mission: SELF''s mission is to provide solar power and wireless communications to a quarter of the world''s population living in energy poverty. Acting as a catalyst, SELF provides technical and financial assistance to empower these people to change their lives.

SELF believes that energy is a human right. To meet global challenges such as food and water scarcity, climate change and poverty, SELF is working to assign greater priority to the importance of sustainable energy among international development banks, aid agencies, foundations, and philanthropic individuals, who are committed to improving the health, education, and economic prospects of the world''s poorest citizens.

Results: Since 1990 SELF has completed rural electrification projects in 18 countries, including China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Solomon Islands, Bhutan, Nigeria, Lesotho, and most recently in Benin, Burundi and Rwanda.  We are expanding into Haiti this year. Our projects have improved the health, education and economic opportunities of tens of thousands of people. In 2008, SELF brought electricity to 10 health centers and 3 schools and completed the initial site assessment phases for 17 additional health centers and 2 whole-village electrification projects.

Target demographics: the one quarter of humanity that lives without electricity

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each new health clinic directly benefits an estimated 10,000 rural villagers. In 2008, SELF electrified 10 health centers in Rwanda and Lesotho. SELF also brought solar electricity and Internet access to three schools in the remote Eastern Cape region of South Africa, benefitting 2,000 children and their families.

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: Seventy percent of people in the developing world have no access to electricity and are completely isolated from the modern world's wealth of resources. In communities with no electricity grid, SELF brings clean, solar power to light their homes, schools and health clinics; pump safe drinking water and irrigate their fields; refrigerate their vaccines; and power their micro-enterprise centers. We also bring wireless Internet to improve the education in their schools and diagnostics in their clinics. Our Solar Integrated Development (SID) model dramatically improves the quality of life for people at the bottom of the pyramid without contributing more greenhouse gases to global warming. Projects are funded with micro-finance. Since our founding in 1990, SELF has launched solar rural electrification projects in 18 countries: China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Solomon Islands, Bhutan, Nigeria, Lesotho, and most recently in Benin, Burundi and Rwanda.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know SELF to be one of the very best providers of elec power in the world, bring elec power to individuals and villages that most surely gives them a foothold on raising then selves up from poverty.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this article was eye opening. I now see how wasteful my generation has been. It is time that all generations pull together and learn more about Solar Electric Light Fund.

1 liamnrowzmoma

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just seeing, reading and knowing what they do helps motivate me to take my part and be a good citizen of our planet. Not only are they doing the good things to ensure the future, they are reaching out to all the people responsible as well- all inhabitants.

1 seattlepainte

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a great nonprofit organization that really cares about changing the world in a positive way, one light bulb at a time! They are really committed to raising awareness of our impact on this planet; and how we can go about making positive changes to reduce our carbon "footprint." All in all, a great organization with some really wonderful people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a good nonprofit organization because it allows me to help two causes that I feel strongly about--the environment and people who live in poorly developed countries. SELF encourages us to do things, like using energy efficient light bulbs, that will be better for our environment. They also are working to provide those people living in poverty with a better standard of living.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a supporter of SELF because I believe in their mission to provide solar power and wireless communications to a quarter of the world’s population living in energy poverty. Acting as a catalyst, SELF provides technical and financial assistance to empower these people to change their lives. It is a sustainable way to change the well being and quality of life for those who need it most.