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David vs. Goliath? Small is Beautiful

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David vs. Goliath? Small is Beautiful

David vs. Goliath? Small is BeautifulAs Carola Schwank outlined inour last blog posting, technology plays a major role in overcoming basic supply problems. Some people might wonder why the “empowering people. Award” focuses on low-end solutions in this context. How can simple and low-cost technologies tackle the most pressing problems in the developing world? 

Small is BeautifulIt is a fair question, but there are good reasons why David can beat Goliath. Our reports on how to bring decent housing to poor communities(Moladi)or how to simplify agricultural tasks(GCS)by using simple and, at the same time, genius technologies, proves that small is beautiful! It wasDr. Ernst Friedrich Schumacherwho coined this term. The economist and philosopher wanted to stress that small-scale technologies are the ones needed in the fight against poverty. These solutions have great advantages: they can be implemented with local resources and skills and they are afford…

David vs.Goliath - empowering people. Award - decent housing to poor communities

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David vs. Goliath? "empowering people. Award - decent housing to poor communities"

David vs. Goliath?
As Carola Schwank outlined in our last blog posting, technology plays a major role in overcoming basic supply problems. Some people might wonder why the “empowering people. Award” focuses on low-end solutions in this context. How can simple and low-cost technologies tackle the most pressing problems in the developing world?


It is a fair question, but there are good reasons why David can beat Goliath. Our reports on how to bring decent housing to poor communities (Moladi) or how to simplify agricultural tasks (GCS) by using simple and, at the same time, genius technologies, proves that small is beautiful! It was Dr. Ernst Friedrich Schumacher who coined this term. The economist and philosopher wanted to stress that small-scale technologies are the ones needed in the fight against poverty. These solutions have great advantages: they can be implemented with local resources and sk…

Alternative building technologies - ABT - Call for action President Jacob Zuma

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Alternative building looming | ABT | President Jacob Zuma

Alternative building technologies
The call for action on mining community housing last week by President Jacob Zuma, if implemented, will boost the alternative building technologies sector (ABT), says an expert.

The call came out of resolution of the presidential economic summit which included key social partners, government, business, labour and community organisations.


The statement of resolution released last week emphasised the need to improve the living conditions of mining communities. “The social partners agree that the time is ripe for the establishment of a new partnership to urgently address the development of sustainable human settlements in key mining districts of South Africa,” Zuma told reporters last week.

Tags: moladi, Alternative building system, alternative building technologies, mining houses, mining communities, President Jacob Zuma, ABT construction in the human settlements

The power in "game-changer" - moladi

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moladi - The power in "game-changer" - Business Fights Poverty


Here’s a dilemma: You are the owner of a construction company and to expand  your market, you need to go into neighborhoods where clients can’t pay the  typical construction costs; where there is a dearth of skilled labour and where  it is nearly impossible to transport the materials typically associated with  your conventional construction methods. You ask yourself: Why make the effort – is the ‘juice worth the squeeze?’

This was the situation faced by Moladi,  a South African family-owned business. Sure, there was a demand for new  construction – after all, affordable housing in low-income areas can provide a  pivotal asset and source of stability that can pull a family out of poverty. In  fact, many families were trying to build houses on their own, leading to  sub-standard construction and often dangerous living conditions

Moladi, however, was ready to rise to the challenge. They put a lot of ‘skin  in the gam…

Innovation to Change the World

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Innovation to Change the World - moladi

Don't give a home, teach how to build a home and you feed him for a lifetimeHere’s a dilemma: You are the owner of a construction company and to expand your market, you need to go into neighborhoods where clients can’t pay the typical construction costs; where there is a dearth of skilled labour and where it is nearly impossible to transport the materials typically associated with your conventional construction methods. You ask yourself: Why make the effort – is the ‘juice worth the squeeze?’













This was the situation faced by Moladi, a South African family-owned business. Sure, there was a demand for new construction – after all, affordable housing in low-income areas can provide a pivotal asset and source of stability that can pull a family out of poverty. In fact, many families were trying to build houses on their own, leading to sub-standard construction and often dangerous living conditions.
Moladi, however, was ready to rise to th…

“To build or not to build?” – That is the question | Forbes India Blog

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“To build or not to build?” – That is the question | Forbes India Blog





moladi Formwork InnovationHere’s a dilemma: You are the owner of a construction company and to expand your market, you need to go into neighborhoods where clients can’t pay the typical construction costs; where there is a dearth of skilled labour and where it is nearly impossible to transport the materials typically associated with your conventional construction methods. You ask yourself: Why make the effort – is the ‘juice worth the squeeze?’



This was the situation faced by Moladi, a South African family-owned business. Sure, there was a demand for new construction – after all, affordable housing in low-income areas can provide a pivotal asset and source of stability that can pull a family out of poverty. In fact, many families were trying to build houses on their own, leading to sub-standard construction and often dangerous living conditions.

Moladi, however, was ready to rise to the challenge. They put a l…

FSG - moladi Creating Shared value "To Build or Not to Build?" That Is the Question

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FSG - Knowledge Exchange - Blogs - Creating Shared value - "To Build or Not to Build?" - That Is the Question
"To Build or Not to Build?" - That Is the Question
Posted by:Patty Russell on 10/1/2012
moladiHere’s a dilemma: You are the owner of a construction company and to expand your market, you need to go into neighborhoods where clients can’t pay the typical construction costs. Where there is a dearth of skilled labor. Where it was nearly impossible to transport the materials typically associated with your conventional construction methods. You ask yourself: why make the effort – is the “juice worth the squeeze?”




This was the situation faced by Moladi, a South African family-owned business. Sure, there was a demand for new construction – after all, affordable housing in low-income areas can provide a pivotal asset and source of stability that can launch a family out of p…