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Why We Are Different

The solution to substandard housing in the developing world cannot be imported, imposed or donated; it must be one that empowers communities to become self-reliant through locally-owned and operated retail and construction of affordable and safe housing.

As Engineering2Empower, we recognize that lasting solutions are challenging to develop and implement, but are the only option if we wish to avoid the tragic events of January 12, 2010 from playing out again in Haiti or other parts of the developing world. As researchers, we approach problems with a different perspective that seeks to innovate new products and processes instead of tweaking existing ones, founding our effort on our empowerment model that considers various dimensions each essential to developing lasting solutions.


Our designs insure life-safety and protection against natural disasters and other environmental factors, using our understanding of hazards and vulnerabilities.

Learn how the E2E design differs from traditional masonry construction:


Our housing models an be practically implemented using locally available technologies, capabilities, and materials, based on our careful study of capacity constraints.


Our products and processes can be supported indefinitely using local resources (economic and natural), technologies and skill sets of the community, and can adapt with their evolving needs, thanks to our in-depth analysis of market constraints.

Learn how our innovative Kat Epay program is using cell phones to track self-reported savings of IDPs in Haiti:


Our homes can earn the support of most local stakeholders as culturally appropriate, so that these homes are not just accepted, but embraced and promoted. They can serve as a source of pride for families, which requires sensitivity to cultural context and their needs and expectations. The value proposition of safety at an affordable price is simply not enough in such resource-constrained environments.