Saha Global is an organization that seeks to empower women in rural communities in the Northern region of Ghana and West Africa to solve their village’s need for clean water and electricity by providing leadership opportunities. The word “Saha” means opportunity in Dagboni, which is the local language spoken in Northern Region Ghana. In order to accomplish this mission, Saha recruits leaders from around the globe to come to West Africa through their Global Leadership Program. Participants in the Global Leadership Program train local women to start profitable social-entrepreneurship ventures. The revenue that is earned from these businesses is managed by the women and it stays in the community.
In the beginning Saha was focused primarily on water, but it has expanded its efforts to include access to electricity. People living in rural communities of the Northern Region of Ghana lack access to safe drinking water and are forced to drink from fecal contaminated waters sources. In addition to the absence of safe water, 30% of the people living in the rural communities rely on kerosene lamps for lights because they do not have access to electricity. These lamps are not only hazardous to people’s health, but also release harmful black carbon and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. To date, Saha Global has launched 71 clean water businesses and 5 solar electricity businesses, which serve 38,108 people. 100% of these businesses are still in operation today. Their commitment to monitoring, combined with our use of simple and locally available technology, has been the key to their 100% sustainability rate.