To create a market in affordable, sustainable housing

Untold millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to decent and affordable housing.

Deforestation has led to scarcity of timber and straw for traditional roof construction. Families spend meagre cash resources on imported and expensive sawn timber and sheet metal to put a fragile roof over their heads, further worsening the vicious circle of poverty in which they are trapped.

The Nubian Vault Association (AVN, Association la Voute Nubienne), through its 'Earth Roofs in the Sahel' Program, offers a proven, affordable, and appropriate technical solution to this problem, based on three integrated concepts:

A Roof + A Skill + A Market

AVN organises the training and support of local teams to promote this solution for as many people as possible, as soon as possible, by generating a growing market in Nubian Vault construction. Families can acquire comfortable, sustainable, and decent housing, at the same time improving their economic conditions, their quality of life, and their environment.