On an otherwise reasonable evening, more than 1,000 people packed an auditorium in Boulder, Colorado, for the culmination of the 2011 Unreasonable Institute. They came to see 27 ventures present their solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
Daniel Gross, Founder and President of WorldHaus, shares why his venture is dedicated to providing housing for the world’s poor and how they are realizing their vision.
Through its unique design, WorldHaus represents a modular housing cost breakthrough that represents an order of magnitude decrease in the cost of housing. WorldHaus radically drives down the cost of housing by maximizing local labor and minimizing the use of costly building materials. This allows WorldHaus to feature a home with a solar electric lighting system, integrated wiring, ventilation, and a cook stove to customers for less than $1,000. We are working with rural banks, micro-finance institutions, and local governments in India to provide financing and loan guarantees to make WorldHaus accessible to families at or below the poverty line. At $20 per month, WorldHaus represents a real chance for families to move into a house that can radically improve their lives.