Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa

by Association la Voute Nubienne (AVN)
$13,314 Raised
total goal
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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.


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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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

Ashoka Changemakers Affordable Housing
Auroville Earth Institute

Organization Information

Association la Voute Nubienne (AVN)

Location: Ganges, N/A - France
Project Leader:
Tony Kaye
Milton Keynes, n/a United Kingdom
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