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...
Jan 31, 2014

Abass continues to make progress

Abass inside the incubation house
Abass inside the incubation house

Abass Kwarteng graduated from high school in 2007, but due to financial constraints he was unable to further his education. In March 2013, he enrolled at the Frances and Virginia Training Center and is now enjoying success as a small business owner.

After successful completion of his training at the center in June, Self-Help International granted Abass a loan of $250 to start a mushroom business. By September, Abass had hired an employee and just begun to build his incubation and cropping houses using materials he found locally. A visit by SHI staff in January 2014 showed a new and different picture. Construction is complete and Abass’s mushroom business is on sound footing.

Many young people, men and women, are on the streets of Kumasi and Accra looking for non-existent jobs. Some engage in robbery and prostitution. Abass could have been one of them. Thanks to courses offered at the Frances and Virginia Training Center he is not. Abass is confident in what he is doing and the sky is his limit.

Thank you for your assistance. Your kindness has made it possible for Abass and other young men like him to find success.

Sterilization unit
Sterilization unit

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Jan 7, 2014

Kobby goes to school

Kobby
Kobby

In 2012, Self-Help International came into contact with Kobby (5) who had lost both parents at the age of two. Since then, he has been under the care of his aging grandmother, Agartha. He was visibly malnourished at the time and was put on the SHI feeding program. After being given high quality protein maize and vitamins, Kobby’s conditions improved tremendously.

Agartha confessed that although she is a strong believer in God, there were times when she feared for her grandson’s life.  Thanks to SHI, regular intake of quality protein maize and vitamins restored her hope for Kobby.


At the start of the 2013/2014 school year, Kobby enrolled in Kindergarten at the Worapong Basic School. Agartha tells SHI that the feeding program is what launched “Satellite Kobby” into orbit. Because of his improved health condition, Agartha believes Kobby will be able to experience many other places and things in his life. He has already promised to buy her a tractor for her farm when he is older.

Thanks to your generosity, Kobby and many other children in Ghana will be able to live a healthier life. With your help, we are able to work towards our mission “to alleviate hunger by helping people help themselves”. Thank you for your support.

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Dec 4, 2013

Abena helps to alleviate hunger

Abena setting up for a chemical treatment
Abena setting up for a chemical treatment

In Ghana, West Africa, lands are small in size and owned by agricultural indigenes. Commercial farming is nearly impossible within these lands due to fragmentation and minimal access to agricultural credits. Because  agriculture is weather dependent and “risky”, receiving credit from the bank can be difficult.

The key to alleviating hunger in Ghana lies within the hands of the farmer. With a micro-credit loan from Self-Help International, Abena, who is 55-years-old, is able to afford all that is needed to maintain her half-acre rice farm. She was able to buy a rain booth, knapsack, and fertilizer with the micro-credit loan.

Today, Abena tells Self-Help International that her farm is doing well, but that and she still on has half an acre due to non-availability of land.

Because of your generosity, Abena and other agricultural farmers in Ghana are able to afford the necessary supplies to maintain their lands and ultimately, alleviate hunger. Thank you for your support and donations to Self-Help International.

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