micro Home Solutions
A firm called micro Home Solutions is developing a housing portfolio for low-income groups based on access to design services and microfinance products. One project is Design Home Solutions, piloted in the slum-resettlement colony of Mangolpuri, northwest of Delhi, which was initiated to improve self-construction practices and accommodate rental models. Design Home Solutions offers access to small, affordable home-improvement loans. Architects work with clients to develop effective and culturally acceptable solutions. Upgraded houses are safer and help meet demand in the rental market while providing additional income for households. Another project, the Modular Homeless Shelter, consists of a bamboo structure, brick floor, and waterproof canvas walls and roof, designed to be easily assembled, and a gap between the shelter’s double-layer walls can be filled with additional insulation.