Sustainable Housing for Rural Communities in Mali

by Association la Voute Nubienne (AVN)


Association La Voute Nubienne (AVN) trains villagers in Mali to build environmentally sound, healthy, houses with mud brick vaults - a valid alternative to expensive timber, sheet metal and cement.
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Traditional village houses in Mali have mud and timber walls, with a roof made either of grass or a lot of timber beams supporting a mud brick flat terrace; as a result of climate change and deforestation, these houses are disappearing. And they have a limited life (wood is often eaten by termites, the grass needs regular replacement). Rural families resort to buying corrugated iron sheets and sawn timber for roof-building - an expensive, uncomfortable, fragile, and unhealthy option.


This Village Development Project, since 2009, has already trained over 50 NV masons; who have built houses, mosques, schools, a dispensdary, and a community centre for 152 different clients - the majority of whom are poor village families.

Long-Term Impact

Creation of a self-sustaining local market in VN housing, with a critical mass of trained NV masons / entrepreneurs earning their living through their skills.

Additional Documentation

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


Association La Voute Nubienne website (English)

Organization Information

Association la Voute Nubienne (AVN)

Location: Ganges, N/A - France
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tony Kaye
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom