Build up Nepal
Low-cost houses & livelihood
Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake in 2015, which destroyed 800,000 houses. Impoverished rural families were hardest hit, stuck in a cycle of poverty and dreaming of living in real brick houses in future. "Build up Nepal", initiated by a Swedish engineering firm, trains local microentrepreneurs to build low-cost houses with climate-friendly materials. CSEB bricks (Compressed Stabilized Earth Bricks) consolidated by pressing are used as an alternative to fired bricks - the houses are 25% cheaper, more environmentally friendly and earthquake-proof. 4,462 houses and 38 schools have been built and 2,460 jobs have been created until today.
An exemplary project that covers all criteria of the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE. The climate-friendly production and use of the building material CSEB directly on site in connection with a qualification measure for the needy that secures their livelihood rightly fills the residents of the houses with pride. This is how dreams come true – in the long run!WINNER STATEMENT
Build up Nepal supports poor families to find their way out of poverty. We are very pleased to receive the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE! This will help us to reach more communities and build houses for the most affected families. And this award really helps us to take the next step forward! THANK YOU!Client / Manufacturer