Alleviating hunger by helping people help themselves

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Self-Help International is an Iowa-based international development organization dedicated to alleviating hunger in rural communities in Ghana, West Africa and Nicaragua, Central America by helping people help themselves.

Self-Help prioritizes local staff and community leadership, and programs address the hard gaps in development by ensuring that program partners have access to knowledge as well as the resources to put their knowledge into action.

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End of the Year Countdown

End of the Year Countdown

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Nicaragua farmer works with Self-Help

Nicaragua farmer works with Self-Help

Jairo Benjamin Flores is a small producer originally from a community located in the Pacific part of Nicaragua. He is...

Meet Business Owner Teresa

Meet Business Owner Teresa

Teresa Gonzales Jaenz is 26 years old and lives in Quinta Lidia, Río San Juan, Nicaragua. After many invitations to...

Fighting Malnutrition With Education

Fighting Malnutrition With Education

Dr. Norman Borlaug once said, “You can’t build a peaceful world on empty stomach and human misery.” These inspiring words...

Empowering through innovation

Opportunity: 100M +

Agricultural productivity increases when women farmers have the same access to productive resources as men, which could reduce hunger by 100 – 150 million.

98% Repayment

Self-Help Ghana boasts a 98% repayment rate on micro-loans issued to impoverished women entrepreneurs. Repaid loans are re-issued to empower the next woman in need.

90% Reinvestment

Women reinvest 90% of income into the family, so their children eat more and better food and get the education they need to break free from the cycle of hunger and poverty.

 

Empowering through

training & resources to

put knowledge into action

2x Increase in Yields

Through improved practices and access to new technology, the farmers we serve are doubling or even tripling their yields, increasing food security now and for the future.

2x School Enrollment

Early childhood enrollment increases when we partner with communities to help them start school feeding programs, and students are able to start each school day hunger-free and ready to learn.

85,000+ People

We’ve installed more than 120 innovative water chlorination systems that are providing 85,000 people with clean water every day so they can lead healthier, more productive lives.

They’re more than programs, they’re stories.

Accessing Clean Water

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San José, Nicaragua
Goal: $320,000
70%

Improving Agriculture

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Los Chiles farmers
Goal: $320,000
70%

Ending
Malnutrition

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Jamilatu's family
Goal: $320,000
70%

Empowering Women & Girls

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Sarah's business
Goal: $320,000
70%

We’re humbled by our global recognition.

We think the work we do is important, and we’re glad that others do as well.

              

Self-Help International is a US-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.