A simple solution with big impact.
Globally, 1.6 billion people lack access to adequate shelter; in India alone, there are more than 350 million people. A roof over your head is one of the most basic human necessities, but current roofing materials available to ultra-poor populations are expensive, hot, fragile, and can contain toxic elements such as asbestos.
Eco-Shelter set out on a mission to identify underutilized technologies, processes, and materials that could be leveraged to meet the enormous roofing challenge. The Eco-Shelter pilot project will examine social acceptance, environmental impact, and market feasibility of introducing a new, safe, and affordable roofing material to low-income households in India. We are piloting a new bamboo composite material that is strong, light-weight, and durable (25+ year lifespan), and can keep homes several degrees cooler.
Eco-Shelter will be a self-sustaining social enterprise, but we need your help to get there
Our pilot project is a critical step on the path to positively affect millions of people. The project will inform critical decisions in our research and development phase.
Your donation will allow us to:
· Build 25 additional homes and demonstration projects for families and communities in need, gaining valuable user insights
· Survey hundreds of households across India to inform a target product price-point
· Provide 100+ people with a safe and enduring roof
· Measure the financial, environmental, and health impact of an improved roof
Risks & Challenges
Employing a human-centered design approach means we may need to pivot throughout our pilot project based on our findings, but we will remain committed to our mission.
There are always risks of unforeseeable external circumstances, which could affect the project. In such a circumstance, Eco-Shelter will ensure funds are appropriated consistent with the objectives of this pilot.
Who We Are
Eco-Shelter is a Washington State Limited Liability Company and has received 501 (c)(3) fiscal sponsorship for its pilot program from Angels for Angels—a Washington State organization that supports social entrepreneurs.
Eco-Shelter was founded by Alexa Bednarz after spending seven years designing and delivering global health products and interventions in the US and India. Eco-Shelter is supported by dedicated advisors, volunteers, and partners in the US and India lending their technical, financial, legal, design, and development-sector expertise.
Thank you for your support and for joining us on the journey to make safe and affordable roofing a reality.