Full document can be found here > DwellEco300 - A $300 House
'In extreme poverty, the poor don't care about the environment, they are too busy living to survive. It's time to change how they live'.
Poverty is often synonymous with squalor but this no longer needs to be the case if a dwelling can offer more than a shelter made from rubbish. During this exercise it has become evident that through the implementation of simple low cost design features a $300 house could change peoples lives, essentially improving how they live. It follows that by delivering a viable shelter to house people, that this could play a part in breaking the poverty cycle these people find themselves in and gradually alter the relationship they have with their environment. The Housing & Enterprise Programme business model (see page 9) draws on other initiatives, such as micro finance, and tries to envelope all the issues presented by poverty and include the $300 house in a wider coordinated effort to improve the situation of the severely destitute. Making a difference through the deployment of shelters working in conjunction with other third parties on the ground, whilst developing enterprise initiatives and creating new markets to reinforce the effort and services already delivered by others in a combined approach that is more likely to have lasting benefit .....
To read more on the Executive Summary and the Housing & Enterprise Programme business model please follow the link above to the DwellEco300 - A $300 House document.