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Sustainable Affordable Housing for Nicaragua



Affordable housing for low income families in Nicaragua is in very short supply. Sustainable natural construction materials are rarely used, leading to environmental damage caused by those homes that are constructed. SosteNica has begun developing a model for sustainable affordable housing, using natural materials and incorporating eco-technologies such as composting toilet, rainwater caption, plant based grey water treatment, fuel efficient cook stoves, and edible landscaping.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Nicaragua has a housing crisis. Between 15,000 and 25,000 new homes are needed each year to address the national housing shortage, while fewer than 7,000 are built annually. With a high percentage of the population living below poverty, mortgages are little more than a pipe dream. Furthermore, those houses built for low-income families are hardly livable -- concrete boxes with metal roofs in tight rows with no landscaping or food production.

How will this project solve this problem?

SosteNica is designing a modest affordable home, using natural and environmentally appropriate building materials. The house will demonstrate that low income homes can be affordable and livable. By using natural building materials and eco-technologies such as composting toilets, fuel efficient stoves, plant based gray water treatment, rain water caption and edible landscape, the house will be both attractive and comfortable. It will serve as a model for future construction of housing coops.

Potential Long Term Impact

Once a proof of concept model has been constructed, individuals and housing coops from around Nicaragua will be invited to visit the house to decide whether or not they would like to build their homes using this model. Those coops that choose this model will have access to credit as well as receive government assistance in the form of partial subsidies.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,475
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,525
Total Funding Goal: $12,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


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West Chester, PA United States

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