Housing poverty in Kenya
- 994,620 people served in FY18
- 173 volunteers hosted in FY18
- Projects: housing microfinance, housing for vulnerable families, advocacy
This began in 1982 by building complete houses for communities in need. We have since grown and now provide housing microfinance, advocacy, market development, community development & support, and volunteer engagement.
The housing deficit in Kenya stood at 2 million in 2012 and continues to grow at the rate of over 200,000 units a year. There is a proliferation of informal settlements in urban areas with 60% of the population living in informal settlements. Families live in overcrowded homes typically with one room and no adequate ventilation.
These families are at high risk of diseases such as malaria, respiratory infections or jigger (worm) infestation.
The poor, especially children and women, elderly and persons with disabilities are the most at risk. Under the newly developed government system, housing delivery is the responsibility of county governments who often lack the resources and know-how to deal with the situation.
On top of that, limited access to land (68% of Kenyans are without land documentation or tenure security), insufficient income, lack of affordable housing options are as many hurdles to the goal of providing a decent home for everyone.
We have assisted over 19,000 families in more that 250 communities across Kenya.
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