Rubbish bag homes underwhelm Aid agencies

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The Gul Bahao project in Karachi
Faras Ghani has been collecting plastic waste for 22 years.

After twenty years of converting plastic waste into low-cost shelters, Pakistani activist Nargis Latif has sought international support for her project, Gul Bahao.

The project aims to create comfortable, safe spaces in the earthquake prone slums of Karachi, by using bundles of plastic waste as a building material. The result is a loose brick that can be tied or taped together to create a soft shelter supported by wooden posts and beams.

While the homes have been useful in sheltering earthquake victims, they have failed to take off as affordable accommodation. In twenty years, Gul Bahao has built fifty homes.

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