New Story is a startup in Y Combinator’s current batch that raises funds to build homes for those who lost theirs due to a natural disaster, starting with Haiti. Co-founder Brett Hagler got the idea during a volunteer trip to help those hit by the 2010 earthquake that left thousands of Haitians without homes.
“There are a number of things we don’t think about that go along with not having a home such as rape and kidnapping of children,” Hagler told me over the phone. “I was on a missions trip with a [New Story] partner, Mission of Hope and I saw all these families displaced by the disaster. I knew I wanted to do something then.”