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...
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.

Nov 18, 2013

Three communities benefit from clean water program

La Conquista water training
La Conquista water training

In September 2013, Self-Help International trained community members and installed chlorinators in the communities of La Conquista, La Argentina, and El Castillo in Nicaragua.

In La Conquista, community water volunteers received intensive training on how to install and maintain the water system. Training was held right in the volunteers’ homes.

Also in September, community volunteers installed two chlorinators in Los Chiles, a small village with 6000 beneficiaries.

The water source in Los Chiles had several issues including various waterborne diseases that lead to a surge in the child mortality rate in the community. This simple water chlorinator system will improve the lives of many people and it will help decrease waterborne diseases. Most importantly children will get the opportunity to go to school without suffering from stomach pains from drinking untreated water. Easy access will prevent traveling long miles to fetch clean water. In addition, clean water also promotes a healthier diet and improves the life of many.

Thank you for your kindness and support. Your help has brought clean water to La Conquista, La Argentina, Los Chiles, El Castillo and many other communities like them.

Los Chiles chlorinator installation
Los Chiles chlorinator installation
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
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