Alleviating hunger by helping people help themselves

Our Program Areas


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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The latest stories from Self-Help
2021 Impact Report Released

2021 Impact Report Released

Self-Help International recently released a special report that outlines the impact the organization made in 2021. Through testimonials, program updates...

Lunch and Learn postponed

Lunch and Learn postponed

Due to a staffing issue, the lunch and learn meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 has been postponed until fall....

Lags weekend set for July 8-9

Lags weekend set for July 8-9

The Give a Hoot for Self-Help Weekend is back in person in 2022! Learn more about the Lags Memorial Golf...

Self-Help Made a Difference to Mamudu

The world we live in today is now driven by technology and formal education where literacy is expected. Presently, formal...

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.

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