Solar Energy Transformation in Benin

by Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) Vetted since 2010 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


Improving agricultural productivity, health, income generation and education in the Kalale District of Benin through innovative uses of solar technology, micro-irrigation and micro-financing.

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Many of Benin’s rural farmers do not have year-round access to water or electricity to power water pumps that allow farming during the dry season. Rural villages have no electricity for health care, education, commerce, drinking water, or homes. In this project, solar electricity will power a pump to irrigate fields for dry-season farming that will increase income and improve nutrition. Additional solar-electric systems will power schools, clinics, micro-enterprise centers, well pumps and homes


A pilot project in 1 village will establish the best methods of matching solar pumping to low-cost irrigation systems. Solar electric systems will also be demonstrated on schools, clinics, streetlights, micro-enterprise centers and water wells.

Long-Term Impact

A lack of electricity and water for dry-season farming creates debilitating conditions throughout Africa. Replication of a successful pilot project demonstrating solar pumping and micro-irrigation has the potential to lift millions out of poverty.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Solar Electric Light Fund
SELF Benin Description
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Organization Information

Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Robert A. Freling
Executive Director
Washington, DC United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 4 donors like you, a total of $650 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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