A Cost-Effective Fire Retardant for Shacks.



We will produce a cost-efficient fire-retardant for shacks as shacks fires in informal settlements claim lives and belongings of an already low-income community. We hope to do this for 1000 shacks.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The community are suffering loss of life and loss of belongings due to shack fires. Shack fires spread throughout informal settlements and occur on a weekly basis. The fires spread quickly as shacks are close to each other and are made and insulated with flammable materials such as cardboard and wood. The main cause of these fires is a spillage of a paraffin lamp. This means that the fires usually start on the interior of shacks. The fire then spreads as the cardboard interiors ignite.

How will this project solve this problem?

The solution that we plan to produce is cheaper than the commercial one (almost a tenth of the price) and we have found that it works. We will apply it as a paint to the interiors of shacks in order to stop the fire spreading.

Potential Long Term Impact

As we plan to provide the retardant to 1000 shacks the amount of people affected will be numerous. The solution could stop the spread of fires in informal settlements thus saving lives and money.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $785

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $785 .  The original project funding goal was $28,800.


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Kishan Chagan - Individual Grantee

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Project Leader

Kishan Chagan

Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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Map of A Cost-Effective Fire Retardant for Shacks.
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