SolidBatir a fledgling co-op in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC). It all started a few months ago with an email to CHI from Doudou Mirefu, SolidBatir’s director, asking for guidance. They are creating an affordable alternative to the poorly built housing that exists in their area. The only co-ops that exist in the RDC are credit and savings co-operatives so they are the only active housing co-op in the country. The co-operative formula was chosen as it seems the most economical and most feasible given the challenges of dealing with state agencies.