Last updated: 13 February 2018      
Baked bread Ivan Yaholnitsky 2008

Solar-baked bread

Parabolic Trough Solar Cooker

A parabolic trough bread oven powers a solar bakery run by the Bethel Business and Community Development Centre in Lesotho.

The mission of Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (BBCDC) is to teach young men and women general engineering skills, manual capabilities, applied sciences and leadership abilities that address the needs of rural and urban development in Lesotho, and to pursue financial self-sustainability through self-reliance, commercial endeavor, and responsible environmental management.

BBCDC addresses several thorny and interdependent development problems, including: educational innovation, landscape regeneration and water resources improvement, financial independence, adoption of renewable energy platforms, appropriate technology, and design of the built environment for sustainability.  The school's primary mission is to provide skills and knowledge to young men and women for well-being and self-reliance through experiential learning.  

BBCDC stresses the design, assembly, operation and management of complex systems as a vital driver of wealth, value and order creation. While the surrounding landscape reflects moderate to severe land degradation along with high levels of underemployment, BBCDC has proven that science and technology, together with solar energy utilization can sustain strong economic growth. When coupled with business acumen, light industry, tourism, and food processing, will provide additional opportunities. Careful design and establishment of the built environment breaks vicious circles and replaces them with virtuous ones.


  • NEW: 9-11 March, 2018: (Phamong) - Permaculture Convergence: - The Bethel Business and Community Development Centre is sponsoring a gathering of individuals interested in discussing and networking with others about permaculture approaches to water, food, energy, technology, construction, and landscape development. Sites of interest on the campus and community will be designated, which demonstrate BBCDC efforts in these areas. Attendance will include accommodation (shared) and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast. The fee is M1500.00/person all inclusive. They are limited to a maximum of 30 people so register early. To request more information, or register and provide a presentation topic contact: or Whatsapp: 00266 5874 2991

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Bethel Business and Community Development Centre

Bethel Business and Community Development Centre

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Ivan Yaholnitsky, Managing Director
Bethel Business and Community Development Centre
PO Box 53
Mt. Moorosi 750

Home tel: +266 27008463
Lesotho mobile: +266 5874-2991
South Africa mobile: (+27) 72-071-1096