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Shelter. For Everyone.

Project Cost:

$15,000

$5,320 Raised

$5,320 Raised

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These rebels were once among the largest militant groups in the world. Now, they have traded in their weapons for farm tools.

Our frame will be used to house farm families, and provide a sheltered space for them to work 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

We’ve designed a roof framing system that is delivered inside of a shipping container. The frame attaches to the shipping container for strong, efficient construction.

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We don’t need a factory or a warehouse. We simply give our drawings to local suppliers who produce our frame and deliver it to the site. This process can occur in any industrial country.

 
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Our building approach uses technologies that exist in over 120 countries. And we serve a common need for strong, affordable shelter all over the world.

We have chosen Colombia for our first project. The country is trying to provide affordable housing for its communities, while also struggling to accommodate a record number of migrants from Venezuela. In addition to this, they also must support a newly demilitarized rebel population that recently came out from the jungles.

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Our first project in Colombia will work within the local economy to manufacture a Bay-Build frame.


The Colombia Project

We’re building in Colombia, and we’re doing it using local suppliers.

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Through local partnerships within Colombia, Bay-Build is providing critical infrastructure to support the reintegration of ex-rebels, following the Colombian Peace Agreement.

This farm and other farms like it, represent a UN-backed effort towards comprehensive rural reform throughout Colombia. Rural reform is seen as a sustainable mechanism to promote peaceful industry within Colombia’s remote areas.

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The Pilot Farm

We have selected an existing farm located near Cali, Colombia. The land is co-owned by rural families who were displaced by the Colombian Conflict. These families now lease a portion of their land to ex-rebels who have successfully built and operated a functioning farm. Our frame will be used to support their growing business.

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Project Scope and Cost

We have established partnerships that will allow us to execute this project using 100% local resources. The function of our frame is determined by the needs of the community at the time of delivery. 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 provide delivery to the build site in a 20 foot shipping container, to be used for 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 provide delivery to the build site in a 20 foot shipping container, to be used for the building.

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

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

The walls:  If necessary, the walls will be constructed using local practices and building materials. A typical method of construction involves the use of bamboo shoots, mud thatch, and smooth plaster. This technique sources materials from the surrounding area. While economical, the cost of the walls will not be considered as part of the project scope. (Not included)

The walls: If necessary, the walls will be constructed using local practices and building materials. A typical method of construction involves the use of bamboo shoots, mud thatch, and smooth plaster. This technique sources materials from the surrounding area. While economical, the cost of the walls will not be considered as part of the project scope. (Not included)

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

The floors: If necessary, rammed earth floors will be used for interior spaces. This method mixes site-sourced soil with local cement to produce a durable, eco-friendly surface. While economical, the cost of the floors will not be considered as 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 the capacity 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 established a system that can work for a variety of shelter projects throughout Colombia. 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 use case that would allow Colombia to fabricate its own structures that can be leased for use by the United Nations. These structures can provide temporary shelter for externally displaced populations from Venezuela. After serving this temporary purpose, the structures can be relocated, and repurposed for use within the Colombian economy for decades to come.

A successful pilot project will establish a local lean-production process that will allow us 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 of 2019. For this reason, we have targeted a construction date within June. After construction of the pilot farm, we will pursue construction of our 2nd pilot project.

Your donation can help to build a farm in Colombia, and establish a global system to provide shelter for everyone.

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