Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa



Fighting poverty, broadening access to decent housing, reducing CO2 emissions: "Association La Voute Nubienne" takes the three challenges with "Earth Roof for the Sahel": + a ROOF, the Nubian Vault, an ancient technique for comfortable, long-lasting, healthy, economical and eco-sustainable houses, requiring only mud-bricks and rocks; + a SKILL, training on-the-job to apprentice masons from rural communities in need; + a MARKET of autonomous NV small enterprises is pump-primed.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

100 million of Sahelian people have no access to decent housing and no alternatives to subsistence farming. Thanks to AVN program: rural families acquire better and cheaper homes; local farmers become independent NV masons and entrepreneurs; NV schools for children, NV health-centers for sick people, NV barns for farmers; local economy is stimulated, because scarce funds previously used for buying imported building materials stay in; the environment is protected: less CO2 emission, more trees.

How will this project solve this problem?

We organize recruitment and on-the-job training of Nubian Vault builders in the Sahel, help them becoming autonomous NV entrepreneurs, and provide a developing pool of clients for them through our promotional, communication, and networking activities. By 2013, 272 masons have been trained to the Nubian Vault technique, in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. 1,943 Vaults (houses, schools, dispensaries, barns, churches, mosques...), have been built for over 13,000 beneficiaries.

Potential Long Term Impact

We stimulate the development of a market able to become self-sustainable. When it occurs, we withdraw from the territory, we target a new one and the program scales-up. Thus, if we harness the necessary financial, human, and strategic resources to maintain exponential growth of the program, as we did so far, we may in the long-term obtain key macro-economic and ecological impacts, benefiting 20 million people, 5-10% of the relevant population of the Sahel affected by 2030.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $12,347
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $37,653
Total Funding Goal: $50,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Tony Kaye

Milton Keynes, n/a United Kingdom

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Map of Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa
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