Typhoon-proof disaster relief housing manufacturin

I like it ! I really want to buy one for me
I like it ! I really want to buy one for me
Dear friends, 
Despite the difficulties in finalizing the prototype of this concept due to different weather conditions and various typhoons that disrupted its construction, the first model of our Kubo Housing Concept is finally born. 
In addition to the finalization and validation techniques used in the implementation of related activities such as the creation of a group of limestone brick manufacturing, training of future potential beneficiaries of the program to produce fashion items made based of pandan leaves, integration of an integrated organic farming and livestock here we are finally ready to implement the program on the area hit by Typhoon Haiyan last year
In the coming days, after deep evaluation to select future owners of this sustainable, affordable consolidation housing program, we will actively seek to funding partners or institutions that would support this project. 
Namely, some of this sustainable home will be based on half donations (about 75,000 pesos: $ 1.700) and the other half funded by the beneficiary and future owner himself on the basis of a loan repayable in microcredit over 5 years. The idea to bring both home and provide them with lucrative assures them they can find the resources to repay their micro-credit and meet their daily needs. The choice to build a house of limestone instead of planned bamboo and coconut wood originally, is the fact that virtually none of the victims actually wants to finance and invest in a house made mostly of such wood and bamboo ... certainly due to the misperception that the bamboo is not a noble and durable material unlike resistant rock. However, upon examination we had to resort from using brick limestone to make it more "solid" like cement or hollow brick if we expect to expand and open a new low cost house market in the affected areas. 
The draft livelihood with pandan leaf products has been very successful and is seen even developed for international export with fashion shops that sell them out and see they sale orders increasing. You've might be able to find these items in the last Negros Trade Fair and the upcoming Manila Fame exhibition taking place in Manila on 18th of october.
We hope that this concept will be more fully understood and brought to a wider audience in order to launch stable social enterprises with more impacts in affected communities and on the local economy and create a new approach to plan reconstruction after the passage of devastating typhoons in the Philippines and unfortunately it's known to be frequent
Thank you GlobalGiving for you constant support and patronage and hopefully we can can go further after the visit of your in-field representatives Ms. Britt Lake out here.
Limestone brick wall is amazing and beautiful
Limestone brick wall is amazing and beautiful
Fair trade fashion bags for better future
Fair trade fashion bags for better future
Marketing is ready for sales
Marketing is ready for sales
You want to help, make it fair !
You want to help, make it fair !
You look pretty while respectful to poor community
You look pretty while respectful to poor community
KUBO concept is ready to be launched
KUBO concept is ready to be launched

Dear friends and change-makers,

4 months after the hit of Yolanda typhoon, our team which helps in Bantayan Island, has to sadly acknowledge the evidence of insufficient government’s support which is coming drop by drop to the victims. Right now, the survivors don’t have their house repaired or rebuild yet.

The area where we decided to rebuild the houses is inhabited by people surviving in a donated tent for the luckiest ones and the rest is protecting under a stretched tarpaulin roof…

We have conducted several community meetings with affected inhabitants and obviously the major problem remains the same. How to finance the construction of their home, while the economy is recovering very slowly and who will support the work and overseeing the development there?

Fortunately after some weeks of conceptualization our team responsible for the design of a typhoon resilient and affordable native house and has finally come up with a model that can meet the constraints and requirements of the project’s challenges. We call this concept KUBO whose particularity is combining a house made of local and raw materials (bamboo, limestone, coconut lumbers, pandan, coconut rope … and an “Agri-tecture” garden to provide a source of incomes with vegetables for sale and for personal food at a hand distance.

A KUBO house unit might cost around PHP 50, 000 (USD1200) materials and handy labor works, given it would be cheaper if the purchaser aids to construct.

We do not encourage donation but micro -finance in order to reinvest the repayments to finance another KUBO house development and also to actively maintain the sense of ownership of the beneficiaries and have limitation of dependency.

Financial assistance to purchasers would be around PHP 20,000 (USD 460). The PHP 30,000 remaining will be collected within a biweekly repayments worth of PHP400 ... borrowing rate will be reduced to a minimum to cover essentially the costs of supervision, tools purchase and training.

Therefore the house will be fully paid in more or less 5 years.

As of now, we have also received donations to cover the exceptional recovery assistance of income-generating activities (pandan leaves weaving, gardening, breeding, canteens foods). Without the revival of economic activity among its families, return to "normal" life of the entire community is not possible. Today, emergency NGOs are no longer there so that is the real survival time which really begins now.

A group of 10 chosen women will now benefit from the pandan weaving re-launching program activities which are including financial assistance, training and marketing support from ANP organization. That would surely help them to become autonomous within a working year.

As a preliminary bill of materials details, our current donations received through the generous donors of Global Giving should enable it to finance as a beginning 8 houses to be built in the affected areas... And a prototype house in order to validate the concept and overall costs estimation of the KUBO under construction process.

He have 3 identified areas as targeted areas, Purok Okoy and Pooc in Santa Fe municipality and one really remote in Mambacayao Diot Island from Bantayan municipality.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who has tirelessly been working to find a solution of innovative home and tailored to local and post- disaster contexts typhoon and for their commitment to help the victims to overcome the typhoon damages and economic poverty.

Also thank you to GlobalGiving representatives for granting us with a USD 15,000 donation to make this participative and generous concept of socio -economic reconstruction project comes true!

All the best,

People still don
People still don't have a place to stay
Community meeting, feedbacks are welcome
Community meeting, feedbacks are welcome
Pandan weaving activity is back and will be nicer
Pandan weaving activity is back and will be nicer
Limestone bamboo coconut lumber... raw materials
Limestone bamboo coconut lumber... raw materials



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