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  • 21-Oct-2016

Hand Over

Abstract

Hand Over is a social enterprise, we utilize sustainable techniques of construction for the sake of community development. Our main focus is on providing resilient, affordable and sustainable housing solutions and community buildings for unprivileged communities. Our vision is to create a flexible and replicable model for upgrading and rehabilitation of informal settlements and neglected areas.

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Who is your customer?

Our target group: - Residents of informal settlements or unprivileged communities - Students and graduates from architecture and civil engineering schools - Clients who are environmentally conscious

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

The main issues we are addressing are: • Lack of resilient & humane housing units for low-income families • Lack of proper sustainable education & hands-on experience for engineering students • Lack of a real sustainable community development approach • Lack of adequate environmental design solutions for our climate conditions

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Our value proposition is: • The educational aspect that we include in all our project • Community development approach rather than charity approach • Environmental stewardship, we use sustainable building techniques in all our community development projects and we revive old sustainable buildings techniques such as earth construction, plus offering the same service for for-profit projects • Hands-on experience for students, instead of just offering theoretical knowledge • Community empowerment for local residents by teaching them the building techniques we are using and by building community centers that provide them with the needed knowledge and skills for their development • Human Centered Design approach and community inclusion throughout all the stages of the project • Encouraging collaboration & exchanging knowledge, we understand that the field of community development is very wide and it is not only concerned with housing solutions or infrastructure, that’s why we collaborate with other entities to reach a real community development approach. We also publish our resources and documentation to be available as an open source for any other initiatives.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

We operate through a collaborative model. We understand that if we want to achieve a real and sustainable community development approach, we need to collaborate with several segments, entities to reach this vision. Through our work, we collaborate with social enterprises, local NGOs, universities, local community members and local municipalities. The process that we undergo to implement any project is as follows: We select our area of intervention by networking and collaborating with local NGOs and local initiatives, once we are settled on the idea of the project, we prepare a curriculum of several subjects such as: team building, community work, sustainable techniques of construction and Environmental design. Afterwards, we recruit participant of civil and architecture engineering students and graduates and we deliver the content of the curriculum through interactive sessions and workshops that includes site visits to the area of intervention, community meetings. Throughout the workshop, the participants start identifying the issue form the local community and they start working together to find the best solution for it.