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.”

  • South Africa has one of the most ambitious public housing programs in the world. Over three million public housing… https://t.co/zCDys6Odin
  • RT @BBCPM: Could a house like this be built in less than 24 hours? On tomorrow's @BBCWorldatOne hear Brett Hagler from @NewStoryCharity exp…
  • Resources aren’t infinite, so where do we apply them for the greatest possible return? https://t.co/ngg17QVA2y
  • RT @laughsee: Check out the @NewStoryCharity instastory to see what the team has been up to in Tenosique, Mexico! 🇲🇽
  • This dream team has been in Tabasco, Mexico all week talking with families there who will soon receive a new home a… https://t.co/boMCgbkvwe
  • We’re in Tobasco, Mexico meeting the families for our next community. Safe homes give kids like Vanessa the opportu… https://t.co/m9jeJ9M2g0
  • 'The government was “too modern, too radical in its approach”, says Ejigu. “The building design fails to sustain pe… https://t.co/ND1Ua1xmZE
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  • Ethiopia’s public-housing scheme is one of the most ambitious in Africa. Since it began in 2006, some 250,000 flats… https://t.co/0wiBJdB9bU
  • "I never meant to become a software engineer." Hear from our very own @ggalue about life's surprising turns, and ho… https://t.co/CUG1A9bpQ2
  • In 2015 the Guinea government established a project to build houses for teachers. The construction of housing units… https://t.co/cYGfcm0Xi0
  • RT @TeachForAmerica: After seeing firsthand how homelessness affected students, TFA alumna Alexandria Lafci co-founded @NewStoryCharity, wh…
  • The right to housing was officially written into the Egyptian constitution in 2012 and then again in 2014 at which… https://t.co/uUMptoCMFC
  • The IHDP (Integrated Housing Development Program) in Ethiopia is thought to have created semi-skilled jobs for near… https://t.co/SmQsTzxVqv
  • Why was New Story worth the leap? Read all about it here: https://t.co/lUdBu2nMGz
  • The inhabitants of homes in Ethiopia are nearly all winners of a computerised lottery, which allocates flats as the… https://t.co/WgRJCZiNNu
  • Digital Transformation can be "a rising tide that lifts all boats." See our advisory board chairman, @keithjkrach,… https://t.co/CE0DnXYxFb
  • In 2015, Algeria had a national housing shortage of 720,000 units; the Ministry of Housing and Settlements plans to… https://t.co/zRkRDLRLaK