CSUDP team tours Alpha-Mwanda Housing Project
A little support can spur a big change
by Super User

Cooperative financing approach to finding affordable solutions to the informal settlements inhabitants shelter  demands.

CSUDP in partnership with the National Cooperative Housing Union (NACHU) has demonstrated the viability of a cooperative-led financing model to finding affordable and eco-friendly housing solutions to meet the informal settlements inhabitants shelter demands. Through this model, communities are supported to form Primary Housing Cooperatives (PHC’s) as a vehicle for the members to mobilize their own resources and realize their home ownership dreams.

Damaris Wanjeri and Clement Njuguna are today some of the proud home owners through this model.

Damaris and her late husband were uprooted from their home during the 2007/2008 post election violence and settled in Kawangware estate in Nairobi. Damaris ventured into selling porridge to makes ends meet. It was during this time that she learned of NACHU's Sustainable Habitat Project and joined a Primary Housing Cooperative, Faith Foundation, through which she was able to save part of the proceeds from the porridge business.

Their joint savings enabled her and dozens of other members of her PHC, mainly women secure a loan from NACHU enabling them to construct a houses costing approximately Kes. 1.2 Million each in Ruiru, Kiambu County where she now lives.

'Owning a home starts with saving diligently. No amount of income is too little to lead to home ownership', is Damaris advice to any one aspiring to own a home.

Clement Njuguna is one of 33 members of the Alpha and Mwanda PHCs now owners of Alpha-Mwanda Green estate located in Lanet area, Nakuru County. Clement still in his twenties operates a motorcycle taxi business in Nakuru town. Previously, Clement lived in a rented house at Kwa Rhoda informal settlement Nakuru spending the better portion of his income on rent without the hope of ever owning a home until NACHU came along and saw not only the birth of his dream to own a home but also the realization of the same.

On an Annual review mission in December 2016, the CSUDP team accompanied by Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi visited Alpha-Mwanda Green Estate in Lanet Area, Nakuru County. Ms. Nasrin Pourghazian, Programme Manager at the Embassy of Sweden was delighted that the little support extended by the Swedish people to the urban sector in Kenya through CSUDP was indeed changing lives.

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