Makeshift Shelter: No Stability
Families lived in unsafe makeshift houses made of scrap wood, tarps, and sheet metal.
Life in a shack: With no stable walls, no locks on their doors, and only a dirt floor, their shacks provided virtually no stability for families.
In Nuevo Cuscatlan families did not have access to clean water. Instead they had to walk and find water - precious time that could be spend on more productive activities.
Families lived without access to clean water supply.
Homemade latrines and no running water exposed families to disease.
When it rained their dirt floors turned to mud.
Without a proper roof, families were exposed to rain and extreme temperatures.
A New Community Is Built
100 homes are being built with electricity, running water, and a proper toilet and shower.
For Locals, By Locals
Each home was constructed by local workers and with help from the family.
By training local labor and buying locally sourced construction materials, New Story not only builds homes and communities, we stimulate local economies and teach skills in the process.
Here, families had the opportunity to work on their homes as they were being built. This provided additional buy-in and input into the homes before they moved in!
Kid centered: A landmark of the Nuevo Cuscatlan community is the playground in the center. Here, kids come together to play and grow in a safe environment.
Pay It Forward: Families will help, over time, to pay forward the cost of their home. Their payments (determined according to income) go directly to funding more homes in El Salvador.
Local Workers Hired
We’re Measuring The Impact
Through data collection and analysis we can see the impact the homes and community are having.
Investing time and money into their home is a strong indicator of ownership of their home and community.
Homes = Economic Opportunity
Families are starting businesses from their home.
Homes = Safety
Families listed the top benefits of their home as security and protection from the elements.
Education is a priority for families in Nuevo Cuscatlan.
Families have shared their top goals are starting a business and improving their home.
At New Story we measure impact to quantify how a home creates change, improve our work, and learn what to iterate on to optimize our impact. Do we have to do this? No. Lots of organizations don’t. Learn more about our impact methodology here.
Stories of Change
Throughout the community, lives are transforming. Here are some of our favorite.