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Solar Electric Light Fund
April 29, 2009

I have worked with SELF for over two years and it is hands-down the best bang-for-the-buck organization I have ever encountered. From my own interactions with SELF's solar-powered drip irrigation project in northern Benin (http://www.self.org/benin.asp), I have witnessed SELF's ability to dramatically change lives on the ground, and to implement projects in a sustainable and culture-conscious manner. Additionally, on the home-front, SELF keeps expenses low and goes to great lengths to make sure as much money as possible is going to projects that help the world's poor secure energy services, and not to administrative costs.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Benin, where hundreds of families are now earning incomes, improving their nutrition, and sending their children to school.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more hard-core materials (white papers, reports, articles) out there about the organization's work so it can be cited and accessed as an example of best practices (since it is!).

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working in a small team where everyone works incredibly hard and respects that effort in others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Inspiring, the kinds of people who you hear about but never think will cross your path.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

solve the problem of low agricultural productivity and malnutrition in several countries.

Ways to make it better...

There were a central communications portal for staff involved in all projects so we could easily access relevant information without having to wait or ask for it to be dispensed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

(or will be) taking technologies to scale and working with governmental agencies to facilitate this process.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Project Manager and Consultant, Kalalé Solar Electrification Project.