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AfriCart

Malawi Handcart Project

The AfriCart (also known as the Malawi Handcart) aims to improve the quality of life and the economic productivity of rural Africans by providing them with affordable and appropriate wheeled transport.

AfriCarts offer people time and ...

Bamboo Bicycle Project

Bamboo Bike Project

The goal of the Bamboo Bike Project is to test the feasibility of implementing bamboo bikes as a new form of transportation in Africa.

There are several advantages to making bicycles out of bamboo. Since bamboo is grown locally in Africa, and ...

Bamboo Trailer

Carry Freedom

The Bamboo Trailer was designed by Carry Freedom for use in developing communities to allow anyone to build a strong adaptable trailer from locally-sourced materials. This trailer can be built locally by following DIY instructions provided by ...

Bottle Schools

Hug It Foward

Insulating walls with plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash was pioneered in Guatemala by the organization Pura Vida. Instead of the common cinder-block walls used in Central America, “eco-bricks” are stacked in between chicken wire, and ...

Buffalo Bicycle

World Bicycle Relief

Buffalo bicycles are strong, durable bicycles that are designed to help people in rural Africa carry heavy loads long distances. During the assembly process, the Africa-based product management team oversees a fleet of riders who test current ...

Build Change Earthquake-Resistant Houses

Build Change

Build Change completes detailed sub-sector housing studies to design and build safe houses that are culturally appropriate, preferred by homeowners, low cost, locally sustainable and disaster resistant.

Build Change also develops building ...

Atelier KOE

The Eban Aya House was created by a Senegalese organization, Atelier Koe, as a design/construction strategy rather than a static structure. By developing quickly renewable building materials - such as cultivating a bamboo garden that rapidly ...

EcoSteps

The EcoSteps Sandbag building method was developed in South Africa as a low-cost housing solution. The method consists of three elements:

  • A framework of Eco-Beams (timber and metal beams that form the framework for the sandbag walls)
  • ...

Ecobuild Nigeria

The Ecobeam building technology is a versatile and eco-friendly timber frame building system that involves the construction of structures using Ecobeams as well as Ecobags (sandbags). The Ecobeam system offers benefits when compared to ...

Global Village Shelters LLC

The global village shelter is an easy to assemble housing system that can be rapidly deployed after an emergency. The Shelters are available in 6 and 20 meter sizes and are shipped flat. They are made entirely of plastic and can be assembled by ...

The IKEA Foundation

The IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the iconic Swedish furniture maker, has helped come up with a more comfortable refugee shelter. IKEA shelter is flat-packed, requires no tools to assemble, and can be taken apart and rebuilt again ...

Lazarian World Homes

The unique “Lego” type design of the Lazarian polystyrene Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) provide modern energy-efficient housing. The major components of the Lazarian World Homes are Green in the true spirit of eco-friendly housing. The homes ...

Leaf Supply

Leafbed is a modular emergency bed made entirely of cardboard. The identical modules can make an ergonomic adult bed, a child's bed or a stool. The beds can be shipped flat and are recyclable and biodegradable. They are intended to be used in ...

Evershelter Aps

Lifeshelter® is a simple, sustainable and well-insulated shelter for rehousing projects around the world.

Lifeshelter is a rehousing solution that will eliminate the use of tent-houses that are often discarded. The solution is based on an ...

MIT 1K

The MIT 1K House aims to improve living conditions in parts of the world where resources are scarce, infrastructure does not exist and natural disasters often strike. The highly inadequate living conditions of poor rural populations is a widely ...

Maya Pedal

Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered machines that assist with a variety of jobs in the home, on the farm, on the road and in small businesses. Each bicimáquina is handmade in Maya Pedal's workshop using a combination of old bikes, concrete, wood and ...

Mellowcabs

Mellowcabs manufactures and operates three-wheeled, electric mini-cabs to provide low-cost, eco-friendly and convenient taxi and transport services in densley populated cities. A mobile app connects commuters to cabs, and payment can be made ...

Moladi

The Moladi building system uses a removable, reusable, lightweight and recyclable plastic formwork mold. This mold is filled with an aerated mortar that is approved by the South African Bureau of Standards to form the wall of the house in as ...

KickStart International

A press which makes building blocks out of a mixture of soil and cement. The press can be used with a wide variety of soil types and can make up to 500 blocks a day. The press can provide income in impoverished communities and provide an ...

Cal-Earth Geltaftan Foundation

The Moon Cocoon is a small cloverleaf-shaped design for the construction of ''Superadobe'' buildings, containing a central living room and four smaller rooms. In the superadobe style, the Moon Cocoon's construction materials consist of coiled ...

Mozambikes

The Mozambican people can experience an improved quality of life from the creation of a bicycle industry as a result of the great benefits of this mode of personal transportation.The proliferation of bicycles will enable local Mozambicans to ...

I-BEAM DESIGN

The Pallet House is a shelter that was designed by i-Beam Design in response to the global refugee crisis.

A 250 square foot 'Pallet House' requires 100 recycled pallets nailed and lifted into place by 4-5 people using hand tools in under a ...

Fundación Organizmo

Fundación Organizmo creates sustainable structures out of recycled PET plastic bottles, through a technique known as "Ecoladrillo", Spanish for "Ecobrick."

By filling plastic bottles with sand, and molding them together with mud or cement, the ...

Reuse Everything

Plastic Thatch roofing can be used in place of natural thatch and other metal alternatives. Plastic thatch lasts longer than natural thatch and provides the added environmental benefit of being made by recycling PET bottles.

Natural thatch is ...

Traveler

Developed by innovators in Cameroon, Safe Travel is a free phone app which works as a monitoring system called ‘traveler’. It is designed for passengers and users offering a platform and data system showing a traveler’s location. This is used ...

Enactus Cairo University

Enactus Cairo University builds low-cost, sustainable Earth Bag buildings that provide an alternative to traditional housing during housing shortages. The main focus of building Earth Bag houses is to provide suitable homes for homeless ...

ShelterBox

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and essential survival equipment in a single unit. ShelterBox produces watertight plastic boxes which contain durable supplies meant to temporarily shelter and sustain a single family. A purpose-designed ...

Speedwall Building Technologies

Speedwall is a supplier of low-cost construction technology that provides solutions to housing projects. The core of the Speedwall Building system is its patented panel-making machine and the panels themselves, which are manufactured onsite ...

Strawjet

StrawJet has developed a unique process for the manufacture of structural building components from a variety of waste agricultural stalks. Designed for rapid deployment and ease of construction, and requiring minimal operator training, the ...

Ubunto Blox

Ubuntublox are blocks that are made from trash/waste and used for building houses. There are two primary types of blocks: blocks made from styrofoam waste and blocks made from agricultural waste.

Styrofoam waste blocks: The styrofoam blocks ...

WikiHouse

WikiHouse is an open source construction set that can be used to build homes and shelters. The website allows anyone to design, download, and print CNC-milled houses and components. Once printed, the units can be assembled with minimal skill ...

Zambikes

Zamcart Is a versatile, low-cost trailer meant to be attached to a bicycle. It is primarily meant for agricultural use but customizations for many purposes can be requested by the customer. The cart has large wheels for rough terrain and can ...

ZipFlat UK

ZipFlat is a building system designed to produce sturdy buildings quickly with lightweight materials. Building panels are constructed from foldout plastic sheets which are filled with expanding foam or locally obtained materials. The panels ...

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