Housing for Poor Families in Mpasal

Year Execution: 
Congo (Kinshasa)
Organization in Charge: 
ASBL Grandissons Ensemble- GE
Nº of Families helped: 

The coordination group of GE and the technical staff started with the identification, selection and training of beneficiaries to make them understand the responsibilities implied in participation. Then, the building process started. The increase of costs of materials made it necessary to reduce the original number of housin improvements. 20 families obtained new houses but only 10 out of 20 selected families could improve their homes After buying materials in the city centre, 35 km away from the site, components were distributed among beneficiaries, who were responsible for storing and using them in an appropriate way under supervision of the technical committee. Problems mentioned by GE are mostly related to the increase of construction costs and the subsequent need to reduce the number of beneficiaries. Positive aspects are the visible impact on the community of Mpasa and the motivation to install savings and loan strategies which were suggested during the visits of SELAVIP and SDI in June and July. Contact: Mme Marie-Thérèse MULANGA mtmulanga@yahoo.fr (See footnote on page 29)