The Toms one for one model of social business is being applied liberally to a range of other products, but World Housing is going bigger than most would dare. The Canadian organization is a one for one housing model started by real estate veterans Peter Dupuis and Sid Landolt.
In partnership with the Cambodian Children's Fund, World Housing collaborates with Phnom Penh trash pickers whose homes are made from scavenged materials like cardboard. The slum dwellers' new $2500 shed-like houses on stilts are financed by North American developers who take from their luxury condo marketing budgets. Their developments are then branded World Housing certified communities.
The focus on poverty-reducing home-building in developing countries is due to need and also to the low construction cost of new houses.