On a flight home from Los Angeles in 2009, Sid Landolt and Peter Dupuis struck up a conversation with a gentleman seated next to them. It turned out to be Blake MyCoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes. This one chance meeting would forever alter S&P’s destiny.
As they exchanged stories, Blake explained how his “one-for-one” gifting model—buy a pair of TOMS Shoes and the company gifts a pair to a shoeless child—had transformed his company and the lives of tens of thousands of people. Sid and Peter were deeply moved by the story, and made a commitment to explore adapting the idea to real estate.
World Housing: A Home For Everyone
The support of a handful of influential friends planted the seed capital. Ian Gillespie would sponsor World Housing through the sales of his first super-prime building, Vancouver House. Scott Neeson’s Cambodia Children’s Fund came on board as the building partner. Together, they would begin providing homes for people living in uninhabitable shacks in the notoriously tough Steung Meanchey landfill community in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Since 2014, the tiny Cambodian World Housing factory on the edge of the landfill has employed and trained local garbage pickers. They’ve built and gifted homes to more than 2,300 people living in abject poverty and given the surrounding community a hope for a better future. As the vision of World Housing has grown, so too has the ideal that everyone has the right to live in a secure home, one with a lockable door, no matter the circumstance.
HOUSING 10,000 SLUM DWELLERS BY 2020
With a mission to house 10,000 people by 2020, World Housing continues to grow and establish itself within the worst slums in Cambodia, Manila, Mexico, Colombia and Haiti, and, at the same time, develop an open-system that others can apply to help provide adequate housing for the 1.2 billion people who are living in uninhabitable dwellings across the globe.
Sid and Peter’s social change model has been recognized by The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Vancouver Sun, The Huffington Post, and numerous others as one of the leading social entrepreneurial innovations to solving the global slum housing problem.
It’s about impact. Through unique business partnerships, genuine transparency, and a brand built around hope, World Housing is building a community of change makers and housing people in need.
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