Self-Help International

Self-Help International (SHI) devotes its efforts to alleviating world hunger and poverty by providing opportunities to rural citizens that ultimately lead to self-reliance. Since its inception, Self-Help has served as a vessel; training, education, and opportunities are provided to rural citizens and whole communities in developing countries so that they can have better lives. MISSION STATEMENT: To alleviate hunger by helping people help themselves. SELF-HELP'S INITIATIVE Educate: We educate the people of the United States to understand the problems of life in developing countries particularly the awareness of the perpetual struggle by millions to produce and distribute food to battle p...
Sep 6, 2013

Rebecca Rebuilds

Rebecca in front of her kitchen and store
Rebecca in front of her kitchen and store

In January 2013, the Executive Director and Board President of Self-Help International visited Ghana. Their quest to experience improvements in the lives of SHI micro credit program beneficiaries took them to a remote village, Kyereyaase.  Rebecca, 39 and a mother of four, told them how she was able to build a structure, a joint kitchen and a shop with savings from her business. Her kitchen used to be a dilapidated bamboo structure with no roof.

On March 16, 2013 disaster struck. There was a storm and several structures in Kyereyaase were destroyed. Rebecca’s new structure was gone. The roof flew off and hit an adjacent building and another portion of the building was broken.

When Self-Help visited Rebecca 10 days later, the building was already being rebuild, and very quickly. When Self-Help staff asked Rebecca how she was able to do this her reply was, “with support from the SHI micro loans.”  

Rebecca requested to extend the repayment period of her current loan from Self-Help by one month and our staff agreed without hesitation.

Because of your generosity, Rebecca is able rebuild her beautiful new kitchen and store. Thank you for your support of Rebecca and many other women like her.

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Aug 15, 2013

La Esperanza receives water chlorinator

A volunteer helps to install the water chlorinator
A volunteer helps to install the water chlorinator

On Tuesday, July 30 a water chlorinator system was installed in the community of La Esperanza, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from San Carlos.

Currently, there are about 200 households connected to the new system bringing clean water to nearly 1000 people. Prior to the installation, staff of Self-Help met with members of the community to discuss waterborne diseases and the benefits of quality drinking water. Community volunteers learned how to install and maintain the system.

This simple water chlorinator system will help alleviate illnesses caused from waterborne diseases. Clean water also promotes a healthier diet and good hygiene therefore building stronger minds and bodies.

Your generosity has brought clean water to this community and others like it. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Testing the water.
Testing the water.
Aug 2, 2013

Blanca is head of the house

Blanca in her store
Blanca in her store

Blanca Rosa García Martínez is 24-years-old. She lives in Las Azucenas and has two children; one boy, 4-year-old Heyde, and one girl, 1-year-old Kelly. Blanca’s husband, Douglas, does not have a permanent job but works in the field whenever someone asks him to do so.

Blanca has a small store where she sells clothes and shoes and her clients are teachers and Orange field workers from El San Juan.

Self-Help International gave Blanca her first loan of $50 in May 2012. She used the money to purchase more supplies for her store and was able to pay it off at the end of August 2012. Later that month Self-Help gave Blanca her second loan of $75. She had hoped to use this loan to buy supplies as well, but unfortunately one of her children became ill so she used the money to purchase the medicine for him. She finished paying her loan in February and in the same month we gave her a third loan of $100 which Blanca plans to use to purchase supplies for her store.

“I am the head of our house and I really appreciate all the support,” said Blanca Rosa of Self-Help International.

Because of your generosity, Blanca is able to earn more profit in her store and support her family. Thank you for your support of Blanca Rosa and many other women like her.

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