Updated Mar 06, 2020

Mud to Mortar - Cleanable, durable floors for improved health and wellbeing

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ARCHIVE Global's work is improving health through housing in Bangladesh by replacing existing dirt floors, which carry parasites & harmful bacteria that cause diarrheal disease, with low-cost, low-tech, cleanable, & durable concrete floors.

The conventional approaches to prevent and treat diarrheal diseases include providing access to safe water sources, promoting proper hand-washing techniques in addition to using antibiotics and oral rehydration therapy (ORT). Though these are effective measures to treat diarrheal diseases, ARCHIVE Global sees the opportunity to prevent the upstream causes embedded in the built environment and i...
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The conventional approaches to prevent and treat diarrheal diseases include providing access to safe water sources, promoting proper hand-washing techniques in addition to using antibiotics and oral rehydration therapy (ORT). Though these are effective measures to treat diarrheal diseases, ARCHIVE Global sees the opportunity to prevent the upstream causes embedded in the built environment and inadequate housing conditions that increase parasite infestation and, subsequently, diarrheal disease incidences in children under five. Replacing dirt floors with concrete floors has many advantages besides being an effective way to decrease diarrheal diseases in the household. These floors provide economic benefits by a) minimizing the medical costs associated with parasitic and bacterial infections; b) significantly adding to the value of the home and thereby access to credit and loans; and c) increasing the community’s resilience against recurrent challenges, such as flooding, cholera outbreaks, or other hazards. Lastly, they also provide an opportunity to train families in best sanitation and hygiene practices that are simple and cost-effective to implement - for example, the new floors are easily sanitized with clean water and disinfectant. Those reasons underpin ARCHIVE Global’s vision of using design interventions to prevent disease transmission and to promote health literacy and economic development in vulnerable communities
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Since 2014, ARCHIVE has improved the health of 219 households in Bangladesh. By the end of 2020 that number will reach almost 300. We aim to have 500 homes completed by the end of 2022, and plan to roll out a self-sustaining microfinance solution.
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Focus Areas:

Infectious & Vector Diseases, Architecture, Design, Construction, Sanitation and 12 MoreSEE ALL

Infectious & Vector Diseases, Architecture, Design, Construction, Sanitation, Workforce Development, Climate Change and Resilience, Housing and Infrastructure, Economic Empowerment, Health, Mental Health, Social and Behavior Change, Monitoring & Evaluation, Evidence & Impact, Data/Analytics, Human Centered Design and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)SEE LESS

Implemented In:

Bangladesh

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3,957
Lives Impacted to Date
4
Key Partners
1
Country Implemented In
988
Customers
3
Employees
$500,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

63% of Bangladeshi homes have dirt floors which are difficult to clean & contribute to diseases. Moreover, the pressures of climate change & urbanization will have an increased effect on the most vulnerable populations due to the rising risks of floods. Low-income households are ill-equipped to face heavy monsoons; A typical home in these communities is set on a dirt plinth which is continuously eroded by flooding, & vermin infestations, threatening the structural stability of the home.

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Solution

Concrete flooring is cleanable, long-lasting, & can reduce incidences of diarrhea, among many more benefits. Project activities consist of design, training, & research. The flooring design, based on local construction methods, is durable & cost-effective. Our beneficiary & community trainings add to the impact by teaching the importance of maintaining sanitary conditions, best hygiene practices, & maintaining their new floor. Our pre & post research has proved the positive impact of the project.

Target Beneficiaries

Mud to Mortar is focused on the most vulnerable populations in Savar, communities that are overlooked, experiencing extreme poverty, and suffering from climate change and health related disasters. This intervention targets specifically children living on dirt floors because of the amount of time they spend on the ground, and the direct implications dirt floors have on their health.

Mission and Vision

Mud to Mortar exemplifies ARCHIVE’s mission in that it proves the efficacy of a household intervention on the health & wellbeing of a home. We hope to scale up this intervention to facilitate improved health & wellbeing of entire communities across South Asia & Sub-Saharan Africa. This preventative health intervention is proven to catalyze numerous long-term benefits for the physical & mental health and financial wellbeing of the home & community, helping families climb out of cyclical poverty.

Competitive Advantage

Mud to Mortar provides our beneficiaries with efficient, durable, cost-effective, sustainable, and replicable floors that can be used for well over 30 years with minimum maintenance, providing positive long-term health outcomes. We believe that no other organizations providing flooring solutions are combining all of these qualities with the goal of improving health outcomes, specifically related to diarrheal disease. To measure the efficacy of this work, ARCHIVE conducts pre and post interventions, providing the scientific evidence that cement floors significantly reduce the risk of exposure to diarrhea-related diseases. This simple intervention has also been proven to improve respiratory health, mental health, and financial well being of the household. All of these improvements come in an intervention that has been developed with the community and local masons to ensure the social sustainability and acceptance of the intervention among beneficiary communities.

Planned Goals and Milestones

ARCHIVE’s next step for Mud to Mortar is to create a flooring & funding system that will be self-sufficient and implementable for communities across Savar, Bangladesh, & South Asia. ARCHIVE aims to create a self-sustaining micro-finance strategy, enabling beneficiaries to pay for the implementation of a concrete flooring intervention. We continue to scale up, & hope to have completed 500 homes by the end of 2022. We are always looking for funding to support this goal.
Funding Goal315,272
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted2
New Implemented CountriesGhana, Ethiopia, Nepal, Kenya, India, Tanzania, Sri Lanka
Recruit1 Project Officer, 1 In-Country Consultant, 1 Research Officer
New FeatureImplement micro-financing; Include a sanitation component

The Team Behind the Innovation

ARCHIVE Global’s small, predominantly female, and diverse team speaks to the diversity and complexity of ARCHIVE’s mission. Our governance as well as our team are made up of members from the fields of design, architecture, public health, and International Development, among others, and come from around the world, united around our passion for the right to adequate housing and reducing health disparities propagated by unhealthy and unsafe housing.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2020
Lives Impacted
187
Dec 2019
Funds RaisedPENDING
TITLEMud to Mortar Phase 3
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Architecture, Design, Construction and Data Collection/Needs Assessments
Nov 2019
Funds RaisedPENDING
$28,000
TITLEMud to Mortar Phase 3
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Evidence & Impact
ORGANIZATIONCaringCrowd
Jul 2014
Funds RaisedPENDING
TITLEMud to Mortar; Pilot Phase implementation
TYPEGrant
 
as part of
 High Five
Jul 2014
Key Partnership
ORGANIZATIONAssocuation of Development for Economic and Social Help (ADESH)
Jul 2014
New Country Implemented In
Bangladesh