Make an insulating ceiling on the floor of your rural house by using CEILING IN A CAN expanding polymer.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name


Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10 - 50

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • South Africa

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Durban and rural areas



Facebook URL

ceiling in a

Twitter URL


Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Rural homes now have tin or asbestos roofs and are hot in summer and cold in winter. Conventional ceilings are difficult to install and costly to transport. CEILING IN A CAN is 2 cans that are mixed together and spread onto newspaper on the floor and they expend and dry into a board. This is lifted and attached to the rafters as an insulating low cost ceiling.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

This innovation is supported by Mangosuthu university of technology and requires spreading out to developing countries. The installation is done by people who live in the communities and so provides jobs. Only a screwdriver is needed as a tool. No measurement or machines required.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Completed 23 homes and sold some product.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Grants to begin then earned income as it is a bi product of the petroleum industry.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

It is transported easily in cans and is a DIY product

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

I was visiting a friend in a rural house and I saw the asbestos fibres glinting in the sunlight as they dropped from the roof. I said that it was dangerous suggested a ceiling. He said that ceilings are too expensive and difficult to transport. It took 9 months to develop CELINIG IN A CAN as the solution

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Social media


Join the conversation:


I am a civil engineer and found the idea to be quite promising. However, without knowing some details, I can not completely appreciate the idea. The basic questions are:
1. What materials are you using in terms of environmental sustainability; disposal of them should not be a big issue.
2. Durability of material
3. Any research regarding the temperature difference with external temperature?
4. Cost.
If we can meet these criterion, it is a promising project.

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