Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa

Nov 16, 2012

Results of the 2011/12 season

Ouily & Diallo with table of cumulative impacts
Ouily & Diallo with table of cumulative impacts


Summary of Overall Results & Impacts

 The 2011/12 construction season has shown a steady growth in the results and impacts of our Program in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, and Mauritania);

  • 2,400 linear metres of vaults built, for 174 new clients

  • 82% of NV projects were for housing (142 out of a total of 174)

  • 62 new localities (villages, hamlets, suburbs...) reached

  • an annual increase of 34% in the number of vaults built

  • 47 new NV masons trained, bringing the cumulative total to 261

  • 91% of new NV construction being in the rural and semi-urban sectors

  • 35% of constructions resulting from direct contact between individual clients and NV masons, without any intervention from AVN – proof of a growing self-sustaining and autonomous market in NV housing.

In total, some 12,000 people now live in and/or use NV buildings, and we estimate that the Program has generated overall economic impacts of approximately 1.2 Million euros (= 1.53 million US$), whilst making carbon savings of approximately 3,200 tonnes of CO2-equivalent, as compared to the alternative traditional or modern construction techniques.

Most of the demand this last season for NV construction has been in Burkina Faso (62%), followed by Mali (25%), and then other West African countries, mainly Senegal (13%). The AVN teams in Burkina Faso and Mali are now headed up by nationals : Boubacar Ouily and Ismaila Diallo, respectively national coordinators for Burkina Faso and Mali.


 A second NV house was built last season in Mauritania (see photo); this beautiful house in the Guidimaka region (Arabic: ), was built by Moussa Kanoute, the first Mauritanian NV apprenticee. It is an imaginative adaptation of the NV technique to local vernacular traditions. Moussa built the house for his family, in their village of Ouloumboni, after only three months training with NV masons from Burkina Faso! For the time being he will be working on NV construction sites in Senegal, before returning to Mauritania as an NV mason.

Any support that you can provide to help us develop an AVN Program in Mauritania, one of the poorest countries in Africa, will be much appreciated....


NV house in Mauritania built by Moussa Kanoute
NV house in Mauritania built by Moussa Kanoute



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Project Leader

Tony Kaye

Milton Keynes, n/a United Kingdom

Where is this project located?

Map of Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa