In a recent edition of eco africa by dw, Hive Earth co-founder, Joelle Eyeson, speaks on how traditional rammed earth construction is paving the way to affordable, eco-friendly housing in Africa.
In the video, she speaks on the housing challenges in Ghana citing the need for around 2 million new homes annually, as well as the high cost of living in the country’s urban centers. This need for cheaper housing birthed her Accra-based construction company that aims to build houses, the majority of Ghanaians and West Africans can afford using the traditional rammed earth technique which leverages locally sourced materials such clay, laterite and granite chippings which are abundantly available in the region.
The company is currently involved in a number of projects including single family homes. Their prototype affordable one-room house will be ready by the end of the year and will cost an estimated $5000. This, along with an eco-toilet project for Accra and numerous educational workshops and larger housing projects are in the line up of what the company hopes to achieve in the near future.