As part of the economic corridors project, Architecture for Humanity conducted a survey from June 13th to the 30th to collect baseline data on the businesses and buildings in the corridors and assess demand for reconstruction financing from business owners. The data collection effort involved a team of eight surveyors who went through two days of training and field-based practice before hitting the pavement to start collecting data.
Starting on June 20th, the team went door-to-door, hitting about 100 small and medium enterprises per day and collecting information about the status of their finances, personnel, and structural health before and after the earthquake. More surveyors followed up one week later with businesses that were unable to respond in the first round, and a final effort was made by phone. In the next few weeks, we'll analyze the data to determine which programs are most needed to revitalize these six economic corridors, so stay tuned!