Model & Strategy

New Story funds homes through a crowdfunding technology platform and curates partnerships to create sustainable communities in developing nations. 100% of donations fund home building projects; New Story secures operational funds from private investors. New Story sends all donors a video of the exact family they funded for accountability and to develop personal relationships. New Story plans to build 1000 communities in 10 years.

At a Glance
Founded: 2014
Systemic Poverty
Location of work: International, Africa, South America
New Story
870 Market Street, Suite 1246
San Francisco, CA 94102
Transform lives through community
New Story team sitting on the steps of a home purple painted house that they built in Haiti
Alexandria Lafci
Meet Alexandria Lafci

Alexandria co-founded New Story with Brett Hagler and Matthew Marshall.  Alexandria is a Teach for America alum who visited the home of every student to assess the impact of home stability on educational outcomes. Along with Brett and Matthew, Alexandria was listed among Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs in 2016.

Alexandria was one of four guests invited to attend the African Presidential Roundtable discussions on land reform led by former African presidents.  This experience informs her work on land ownership for New Story families.

IMPACT

New Story trains and employs locals to stimulate the economies where they work. They have provided jobs and portable skills to over 1500 men and women to date.

New Story plans to build 700 homes in 2017, further refining their community building model so that it can be replicated.  In 2017, New Story was named by Fast Company as one of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies.”

  • The Sudan government Site and Service program delivered 300,014 plots from 1959-2005, but the failure of the state… https://t.co/sfW3oXNaOU
  • RT @TeachForAmerica: After seeing firsthand how homelessness affected students, TFA alumna Alexandria Lafci co-founded @NewStoryCharity, wh…
  • Our Senior Software Engineer position is still open. Build tech tools that will amplify our impact as we work to be… https://t.co/xi1dfKGNCl
  • The size of the housing gap in the capital of Sudan is estimated at two and a half million #WhyHomes
  • "Poverty makes educating children much harder. Children who turn up tired and hungry struggle to pay attention." https://t.co/8vVVVUsL7M
  • "We aren’t in a race to build the most houses; rather, we’re taking thoughtful, intentional steps forward to sustai… https://t.co/EujQGrqij2
  • In South Africa, many people don’t currently qualify for housing assistance from the government but also don’t make… https://t.co/7T9QZqi2GJ
  • Gain experience and do work that matters. Spend your semester with New Story! Our internships are flexible and allo… https://t.co/0ZpclmdGII
  • RT @BrettHagler: this gives me chills! Super proud of @NewStoryCharity’s tech and ops teams. They worked so hard creating our new software…
  • "Even small investments can unlock significant returns on time, energy, and effectiveness. A single software engine… https://t.co/E85CetoMRv
  • The prices charged by the Ethiopian government were too low to sustain the public housing program. The government t… https://t.co/N6fA1ttUUw
  • Spend your semester with us - we are still looking for interns! Positions can be remote or onsite. Keep a flexible… https://t.co/mhFpa7dy6h
  • "While we continue to build homes, we are also now embarking on a wider vision. " https://t.co/4GZrPl5V0a
  • The housing needs in Mali will accelerate as the population continues to grow and the urbanization rate increases f… https://t.co/SbrImYi07m
  • We believe creating change is an open source pursuit and it sounds like @google does too: https://t.co/OBfgf9n7wd
  • RT @bfeld: Amplifying Impact: R&D for the Social Housing Sector https://t.co/m168nPpDGj
  • In Kenya, materials like cement, which is made locally, have frequent supply shortages, making it difficult to build #WhyHomes