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A New Ingeniously Designed Shelter For Refugees—Made By Ikea

Jeff Nelder

What do you do when millions of refugees show up to your country from the neighboring country? Make them sleep on the ground or in tents. Until next month, that is, when you’ll be able to put them up in solar-powered huts on the cheap. In July, Ikea Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) will roll out one of the major innovations for war-torn homeless since the canvas tent: cheap, flat-packed, build-it-yourself homes with electricity-generating roofs.

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  • Hannah Kim

    This is an awesome idea. I hope that it turns out to be functional and affordable so it can used widely.

    • Jeff Nelder

      I agree- hope it lives up to its promise. What will make this even more interesting as a story is if Ikea sees business benefits from using its core purpose of providing shelter and comfort as a value to people- thus making this a sustainable business practice as well. The successes of doing well by doing good have the power to change the dynamic of business and create more great products at scale.

      • Hannah Kim

        Definitely. That would be awesome - I hope this will inspire other companies to follow suit. There's so much potential for doing good within the myriad of organizations/companies in the US...if it's not only a good thing to do but beneficial to the company financially (or in other ways) it would hopefully inspire many more of these solutions/actions.