Because bamboo can be social.
The Bamboo Factory will empower local communities to build their own sustainable buildings.
Why build with bamboo in Nicaragua?
Nicaragua, in the past few decades, has been hit by devastating political, economic and environmental events. Nowadays, the country is the fourth poorest nation in the northern hemisphere and 78% of the people live in substandard homes or do not have adequate housing (IDB, 2012). Furthermore, concerning the educational level, only 29% percent of the children accomplish to finish the primary school. More in depth, RAAN is an autonomous region in the northeast of Nicaragua. Extreme poverty is present as most people live on 1 dollar a day. The indigenous Miskito and Mayangna people feel like second-class citizens in their own country due to the small concern and involvement from the government, which leads to a lagged social, educational and economic situation. Moreover, this dramatic situation is worsened by the high risk people face of losing everything after natural disasters, such as hurricanes, which hit the region every few years.
In this context, Esperanza community, counting more than 3000 people, is the reference center for the many surrounding villages. In Esperanza, like the surrounding communities, an electricity network and running / drinkable water are absent.
We believe that, through the creation of a bamboo factory, bamboo can be introduced as construction material providing affordable and hurricane resistant buildings. This material could enhance housing, education and economic local situations. The necessary knowledge however is still unknown to the community.
The factory will be located near the Rio Coco on the border with Honduras. Location: 14°39’41.9”N, 84°24’21.4”W in Esperanza, Nicaragua.
What is the bamboo factory about?
Our goal is to have a running bamboo factory by February 2017. The factory will treat bamboo so that it can be used by the local community to build schools and houses in the isolated region of the R.A.A.N. Nicaragua.
The role of the Bamboo Factory team is to be the facilitator of the project that was conceived due to the request of the indigenous community of Esperanza to Stichting SamenScholen to build a secondary school in their territory.
The Bamboo Factory team in collaboration with the community agreed to build first a treating center of bamboo in order to prepare the material for the school requested and, moreover, to share with the local community the technical knowledge about cutting, treating and working with this sustainable and green material.
The Bamboo Factory team is committed to tackle this challenge. The treatment center will be built together with local volunteers. In the entire process the decisions, design, treatment and construction will be done in collaboration of the local volunteers who, after the construction, will have to run the business. The two NGOs will support the business from the side in the future years in order to assure a continuity of the new start-up.
Meet the team
Our team works on a 100% voluntary basis. It consists of eight students with different backgrounds from Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, and the Padova University.
Delft University of Technology