Updated Apr 08, 2021

Build up Nepal - Building the way out of poverty

https://www.buildupnepal.com

Björn Söderberg

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Breaking the poverty cycle in rural Nepal by creating jobs in construction for poor families

Build up Nepal is a social enterprise that provides rural entrepreneurs and communities with low-cost machines, training and support to build safe, affordable homes and resilient incomes. Our micro-enterprise model establishes each enterprise as a long-term sustainable economic engine within each community, building safe homes, creating jobs and reducing CO2 over the long-term.
Build up Nepal is a social enterprise that provides rural entrepreneurs and communities with low-cost machines, training and support to build safe, affordable homes and resilient incomes. Our micro-enterprise model establishes each enterprise as a long-term sustainable economic engine within each community, building safe homes, creating jobs and reducing CO2 over the long-term.
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2020
  
STI Forum 2020
  

Stage 5: Scaling

Founded in 2015, the Build up Nepal model has long-term impact and scalability at its core. We have supported 300 entrepreneurs to build 6000 homes, creating 2500 jobs and saving 25,000 tons CO2, now scaling the model across Nepal and South Asia.
Registered in Nepalin Nepal

Focus Areas:

Housing and Infrastructure, Economic Empowerment and Climate Change and Resilience

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27,500
Lives Impacted to Date
2
Key Partners
6,000
Customers
24
Employees
$2,000,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Millions of families in Nepal suffer from poverty and unsafe houses. 28.6% of the population lives in poverty, of which 95% reside in rural areas. 50% of houses are unsafe, disproportionately affecting women and children and COVID-19 has hit the poorest the hardest. The brick industry is booming, creating a unique opportunity to create jobs. But the fired brick industry is responsible for child labour and 37% of CO2 emissions from combustion. The situation is unsustainable and unacceptable.

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Solution

Our micro-enterprise model provides driven micro-entrepreneurs with low-cost machines, training and support to establish long-term sustainable construction enterprises. Using innovative CSEB Interlocking Brick technology eco-friendly bricks can be produced using local materials. Each enterprise ignites a sustainable economic engine within the community, building 10-20 new homes yearly, creating 8-10 full time jobs and reducing 70-ton of CO2 year-on-year.

Target Beneficiaries

Our primary beneficiaries are rural women, youth and men as entrepreneurs, brick-makers and masons. Low-income families gain new, safe homes, jobs and more resilient communities. We have a specific focus on women, youth, and disadvantaged groups as entrepreneurs this opens the door for others in the same group to work in construction.

Mission and Vision

Poor, rural families dream to live in a brick house. However, far-away fired bricks are unaffordable and a major climate issue responsible for 37% of CO2 emissions from combustion in Nepal (World Bank, 2020). Build up Nepal’s mission is to make bricks eco-friendly and affordable and create resilient jobs for poor families.

Competitive Advantage

Our model effectively leverages private sector investment and innovative technology to create secure jobs, affordable housing and sustainable enterprises at scale. Our customised machines can operate off grid using local materials ideally suited to rural communities. Our Interlocking Brick technology uses sand and soil as core materials to build disaster resistant and affordable houses, providing a viable and innovative solution to the urgent gap in safe, affordable housing in Nepal and Asia. The enterprises are owned by local micro-entrepreneurs, ensuring a strong incentive to build, sustain and grow. As a result, 75% of our enterprises to date continue to build thousands of new homes and sustain thousands of jobs year-on-year.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Our immediate goal is to scale the model and establish it as a mainstream construction material across Nepal. Our medium-term goal (by 2025), is to establish 600 new enterprises with a specific focus on women, youth and vulnerable groups. This will result in 6600 long term jobs, 25,000 affordable homes, and a reduction of 115,000 tons of CO2 and more resilient communities. We are targeting SDGs 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13, with a specific focus on SDGs 1, 8 and 13.
Funding Goal1,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted1,000,000
Recruit1 management, 1 social business developer
New FeatureLow cost mixer and compression tester

The Team Behind the Innovation

Led by Björn Söderberg, an experienced social entrepreneur, our team consists of a committed board, management team and 24 professionals including managers, engineers, and social mobilisers all committed to further improving and delivering social impact at scale. - Björn Söderberg, MD: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bjorn-soderberg-fen - Bina Shrestha, General Manager: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bina-shrestha-28153a4/ - Andreas Kölling, Deputy MD: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreaskolling/

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Jul 2020
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
 
as part of
 Low-cost housing
Jul 2020
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
 
as part of
 Sustainable Built Environment
Dec 2016
Lives Impacted
2,500
Jun 2016
Key Partnership
Implementation
Apr 2015
Created