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These rebels were once members of the ‘FARC’ militant group. Now they have signed a peace agreement with the Colombian government, ending 50 years of armed conflict. They have traded in their weapons for farm tools, and are pursuing a life of peace.

The Bay-Build frame will be used to house these farm families, and provide a sheltered space for them to work today, and for generations to come.

This frame is produced using 100% local resources. If it works in Colombia, it can work anywhere in the world. Learn more below…


Our Frame

A Universal framing system that goes anywhere in the world.

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We’re local.

We use local suppliers to produce our frame.

We deliver.

Our frame fits inside of a shipping container.

We’re global.

This process works all over the world.

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The Colombia Project

We’re building in Colombia, using local suppliers.

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In 2017, The Colombian Peace Agreement was signed between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group. This ended 50 years of armed conflict, and began a process of peaceful rural reform.

Rural reform involves investment in farming communities to promote legal crops as an alternative to cocaine production. These farms also serve as reintegration centers to help rebels convert from a life of violence to a life of farming.

This farm, and other farms like it, represent a UN-backed effort towards comprehensive rural reform throughout Colombia.

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The Pilot Farm

We have selected an existing farm located near Cali, Colombia. The land is owned by families who were violently displaced by FARC rebels during the Colombian Conflict.

In an amazing act of forgiveness, these families now lease a portion of their land to ex-FARC rebels who have successfully built and now operate a functioning farm on their property. Our frame will be used to support their growing business.

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Project Scope and Cost

The function of our frame is determined by the needs of the community at the time of delivery. We have established partnerships that will allow us to execute this project using 100% local resources. Bay-Build will provide a full frame and roofing assembly as follows:

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The roof:  Locally sourced corrugated metal sheets, produced in Cali, Colombia. This is a standard building material that is widely used in the region, and within the local farming community.

The roof: Locally sourced corrugated metal sheets, produced in Cali, Colombia. This is a standard building material that is widely used in the region, and within the local farming community.

The frame:  We have located a local manufacturer within 20 miles of our build site. The frame can be produced at their facilities using local machinery and labor. The manufacturer will deliver the frame to the build site in a 20 foot shipping container, which will then be repurposed as part of the building.

The frame: We have located a local manufacturer within 20 miles of our build site. The frame can be produced at their facilities using local machinery and labor. The manufacturer will deliver the frame to the build site in a 20 foot shipping container, which will then be repurposed as part of the building.

Oversight:  Round trip travel expenses for two Bay-Build associates, including accommodations for a two week construction period.

Oversight: Round trip travel expenses for two Bay-Build associates, including accommodations for a two week construction period.

The walls:  The walls will be constructed using local building practices and materials. Walls are typically built using bamboo shoots, mud thatch, and smooth plaster. While economical, the cost of the walls will not be considered part of the project scope. (Not included)

The walls: The walls will be constructed using local building practices and materials. Walls are typically built using bamboo shoots, mud thatch, and smooth plaster. While economical, the cost of the walls will not be considered part of the project scope. (Not included)

The floors:  Rammed earth floors will be used for interior spaces. This method mixes local soil with cement to produce a durable, eco-friendly surface. While also economical, the cost of the floors will not be considered part of the project scope. (Not included)

The floors: Rammed earth floors will be used for interior spaces. This method mixes local soil with cement to produce a durable, eco-friendly surface. While also economical, the cost of the floors will not be considered part of the project scope. (Not included)


Partners

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Supply: Fanalca is the largest steel fabricator in Colombia. Their facility is located within 20 miles of our build site. We have personally visited the factory and confirmed their capability to produce our frame and deliver it to the site.

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Pilot Farm: Due to the sensitive nature of their work and the unique areas that they operate in, our agricultural partners on the ground prefer to remain anonymous. More information can be provided upon request.


Scaling for Impact

Upon completion of the pilot project, we will have developed a system that can be adapted to a variety of shelter projects throughout Colombia. Bay-Build has established multiple partnerships throughout the region which would support these future endeavors. Multiple partnerships have already been established that would allow Bay-Build to assist with other shelter needs throughout the region.

Pilot project #2 would establish a system that allows Colombia to fabricate its own structures that can be leased for use by the United Nations. These structures would provide temporary shelter for externally displaced populations from Venezuela. After serving this temporary purpose, the structures could be relocated, and repurposed for use within the Colombian economy for decades to come.

A successful pilot project will foster a local lean-production process that will allow Bay-Build to scale for greater production within Colombia, and other regions around the world.

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Timeline

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We are currently in the fundraising phase for the pilot farm. The concept has been designed and developed in San Francisco, a prototype frame has been built in Los Angeles, and a local needs analysis has been performed within Colombia.

Local conditions favor construction activities prior to July. For this reason, we have targeted a construction date in June of 2019. After completion of the pilot farm, we will pursue construction of our 2nd pilot project.

Your donation will help to support a farming community in Colombia, and establish a global system to provide shelter for everyone.