Steelheart International is engaged in providing affordable housing and food security, both domestically and in Africa. We are both a LLC as well as a Foundation (501c3). The LLC was created in 2011 to pursue export opportunities. Steelheart International Foundation, the non-profit, was created in 2017 as our real intent is not just profit, but to help those in need. I retained the LLC so we have the flexibility of attracting equity capital. The Foundation puts us in a better position to obtain grants and seek charitable donations.
The company was originally focused almost entirely on Africa where the need for affordable housing and food security is enormous. But the barriers to doing business are formidable. We are close to fruition on large deals in Uganda and Sierra Leone. But since eating is important, we are focused on the domestic market as well where the need for affordable houses, shelters and food the homeless is enormous.
California has over 120,000 homeless people, 22,000 of whom are veterans. They lack shelter, food and in most cases, employment opportunities that would put them on a path to a better future. They are also a blight on the inner cities, and a major drain on all aspects of public service. By creating farm villages for the homeless, we can teach many how to frame small homes, similar to the one shown. The company proved this concept in 1998 by erecting a light gauge steel panel plant on an Indian reservation in Nebraska We built 38 houses and created 52 jobs for people with no prior experience.
By combining home building with organic and hydroponic farming, we can teach job skills while providing food security and elevated levels of income. If they have a job and income, they can afford to pay rent, or ultimately buy the houses they build. That puts them on a path to a better future and will help many elevate out of poverty.
Whether Africa or California, the needs are essentially the same. The products to fulfill the needs vary. In Africa the best solution for low income earners appears to be Ecoshells, shown at the left. Because they are built with local concrete and labor at $2 a day, an EcoShell suitable for a family of 8 can be built for as little as $3,000 to $5,000. These were created by Monolithic, Inc., a 40 year old company in Texas. In summary, the goal is to profitably make it a better world by providing safe houses and food security, both domestically and abroad. We are on our way.