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Neev: Digital Tool for Affordable Housing Finance

mHS CityLab, 2017-18

 ‘Neev’ is a digital tool developed by mHS CityLab, that brings technical assistance for affordable housing construction, planning and finance in informal settlements of India. 

The aim is to empower low income communities to access affordable, inclusive and resilient housing in cities through innovative digitial and construction technology. India’s affordable ‘Housing For All’ will not happen by government’s intervention alone. 80% of Delhi lives in informal settlements, and similarly in most cities people are building their own homes incrementally. It then becomes imperative to provide easy to understand financial and technical assistance for timely and quality construction by using the already disruptive affordable means of technology. 

The application is easy to use and simplifies the process. It also gives a detailed BOQ and cost estimation of the entire project along with easy monitoring for MFIs (Micro Finance Institutions) and HFCs (Housing Finance Companies). 

My role:

  • Backend algorithm development using architectural design skills and seismic safety logic

  • User Research and testing of the Digital Tool in rural, semi-urban and urban contexts 

  • Conducted training workshops for organisations such as MHT SEWA 

  • Market research with housing finance companies and banks 

  • Business Development for Neev at the Inclusive Finance Summit 2018 

  • Content creation for the training of users, homeowners, masons, and other stakeholders

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