This project aims to encourage people living on pavements to find alternatives for a better habitat through helping people build their own housing. Savings were pooled to buy materials and both masons and carpenters within the community were called upon. All houses are built on one level only with an exceptional loft, thus avoiding the official government feel to the house (typically three – five storeys). Common toilets are provided allowing maximum effective useable space whilst discouraging wealthier families from buying out the dwellings for themselves. Professionals work hand in hand with members of the community to ensure each house constructed is up to the lifestyle of those who inhabit it. Houses cost one-third of that of a government house and a housing credit scheme has been set up, offering affordable payback periods and instalments.


NGO, academic/research, local community