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billionBricks enhances opportunities for homeless communities to emerge out of poverty by innovating replicable and scalable design-focused solutions.

Founded: 2013 by Prasoon Kumar, Anurag Srivastava

  • Program Area

    Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
  • Location of Impact

    India, Nepal
  • Headquarters Location

    Singapore, Singapore
  • Product Platforms

    Hardware, Open Source
  • Budget

    $0 to $500,000
  • Founder Demographics

    Racial or Ethnicity Minority

At billionBricks, we aim to improve the quality of life of the homeless by providing access to shelter. We not only consider buildings as shelters, but as tools for capacity-building and empowerment. billionBricks' recent project, WinterHYDE, is a life-saving, fully-insulated, lightweight shelter that provides maximum privacy and protects a family of five from the cold. It is woman-friendly and enables a single-person, tool-less installation within 15 minutes and does not need any anchoring. It works both in urban areas and can be deployed fast during emergencies. WinterHYDE has been user tested in India and is ready for production and deployment.

Funders and Awards

Takepart's 12 Projects that will Change the World in 2015, ASEAN Impact Challenge 2015 Finalist, ASME IShow Semi-Finalist