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...
Nov 5, 2013

New project office works to grow the program

Training in business management
Training in business management

In August Yolanda Fletes Rosales joined Self -Help International the Micro-Credit Program Coordinator. She started out by meeting with 13 individual beneficiaries spread amongst three communities. Two women from Quinta Lidia, six women from Las Azucenas and five women from Melchorita. Yolanda visits these women regularly to learn more about them, their needs and expectation from Self-Help as an organization. She also began working to establish new groups by going door-to-door in each of the above-mentioned communities above plus new ones. She held meetings and intensive training sessions on business management, health and nutrition. As of October 2013 there are seven new groups of women benefiting from SHI’s micro-credit program.  There is a group of 9 women in Cruz Verde. Three groups of five women in Las Azucenas. A group of five women in Quinta Lidia. A group from of five women in Santa Isabel. And a group of five women from Espabel (Melchorita).

Yolanda hopes to integrate the individual women with groups. And, there are plans for  two more groups in the communities of Las Azucena and Melchoron. Her new strategy for the  program is to train women in the following
topics before distributing loans: Business Management and Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Business Plans, Health, Nutrition, and Hygiene.

Your continued support will help Yolanda to continue to grow the micro-credit program and efficiently train new beneficiaries. Because of your generosity Self-Help International is able to help many women through training and loans.

Heliodora Cardoza, a beneficiary, baking bread
Heliodora Cardoza, a beneficiary, baking bread
Nov 4, 2013

Training Centre Produces a Young Entrepreneur

Abass at his inoculation and incubation house.
Abass at his inoculation and incubation house.

Abass Kwarteng, 33, completed high school in 2007 but was unable to go further as his mother, a single parent, could not marshal the needed financial resources.  Due to his low level of education he could not secure himself any reliable employment. He moved from one menial job to another.  He had a vision of becoming self-employed but he had limited ideas and funds.

In March 2013, Abass enrolled at the Frances and Virginia Young Adults Training Center to broaden his knowledge and skills in mushroom production. He completed his training in June and immediately acquired a parcel of land to start mushroom farming in his village. Using local materials Abass has constructed inoculation and incubation rooms, a composting floor, and a cropping house.

Currently Abass has one employee, Ahmed Mahmud who is 26 and a basic school graduate. Mahmud believes that a day spent at the center keeps him out of trouble and on a path to success.

In September 2013 SHI granted a loan of $250 to Abass for the purchase of spores, plastic bags, and other materials for the initial production.

Abass says there is a ready market for mushrooms. He plans to sell to hotels and restaurants in Kumasi and its surroundings.

Thanks for your kindness and consistent support. Your help has made it possible for Abass and other young men like him to find success.

Composting floor
Composting floor
Oct 7, 2013

School feeding program honored

A student reads a poem during the Open House
A student reads a poem during the Open House

Recently the Amanchia Roman Catholic Primary School held its first Open House since it was established in 1920.

Attendance was overwhelming. Chiefs, Educational Officers, parents, government representatives, political party representatives, NGOs, citizens of Amanchia and many people who had passed through the school were there to celebrate the occasion.

The event featured speeches, poetry recitals, drama and choreographed dances school children up to Grade Two. In his opening speech, the Headmaster of the School, Mr. Victor Owusu thanked Self-Help International for the support given to the school. He was particularly happy about the feeding program as it has helped to increase enrollment by 10 percent. More pre-school kids attend school since the introduction of the feeding program.

According to the staff of Self-Help International,  all the children who participated in the Open House  performances have one thing in common, they eat breakfast prepared from Quality Protein Maize.  Protein plays a major role in the formation and development of their brain.

District Director of Education Cosmos Dzansi, also in attendance at the event, requested for deeper collaboration between Self-Help and the Ministry of Education so that more children in the district could benefit from the feeding program. He later presented a certificate of appreciation to Self-Help on behalf of the school.

Thank you for your generosity and support. Your donations have helped to improve the lives of children at Amanchia Roman Catholic Primary as well as in other Ghanaian communities.

Recognition for the feeding program
Recognition for the feeding program

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