Make a Difference: Buy a Home, Give a Home

Two homes for the price of one??? Sounds impossible even with the slowing housing market, but it’s very real and a very noble cause!

For every LJ Urban designed-home sold in a Sacramento, the California-based, eco-urban design firm will fund the complete training of a homebuilder in the African nation of Burkina Faso. We found this worthy cause on, one of our favorite trend-spotting sites.

The community has been named “Good” for obvious reasons and there are 35 homes available. LJ Urban has partnered with the Association La Voûte Nubienne (AVN) to train West African masons to “build durable homes out of earth bricks and mortar.”

You can also support the cause WITHOUT buying a home just by visiting the project’s website by July 1, 2008. For every 10,000 people who visit the site, LJ Urban will fund the complete training of up to 20 additional local Burkina Faso mason! How will they pay for the extra training? With their marketing budget! LJ Urban is relying on word-of-mouth to market the project instead of paying for an expensive, traditional campaign.

Click here to visit the website and help the cause!