Housing poverty in Zambia
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- Projects: new homes for vulnerable groups, housing microfinance, water and sanitation, advocacy and awareness raising
We believe that every man, woman and child should have a safe and affordable place to call home. This is provided through holistic solutions such as secure land tenure, provision of safe drinking water and sanitation, housing finance and advocacy.
Despite Zambia having one of the world’s fastest growing economies, it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Currently, close to 64% of Zambians live under $2 a day and the majority of those who earn more barely make ends-meet.
Indeed, over 40% of them are considered to live in extreme poverty (under $1.25 a day).
When looking at the cost of living in Zambia, according to Mercers (2010), living in Lusaka costs more than living in Washington, D.C when comparing purchasing power parity.
The ‘higher’ incomes and jobs in Zambia are concentrated in urban areas. This has led to an urbanisation rate that is almost twice the population growth rate.
In consequence, there is a higher demand for jobs which is slowing wage growth and increasing land and house prices beyond the reach of the average worker.
Additionally, Zambia has a current urban housing deficit that stands at 1.3 million housing units, projected to reach 3 million housing units by 2025.
Due to the lack of affordable housing, about 70% of urban dwellers in the country live in slums with inadequate access to water, sanitation and extension facilities. The lack of decent housing exacerbates people´s poverty.
“I am not the only one who has gone through a hardship of an abusive marriage in my community. If I had not made the decision to leave I don’t know where I would be right now,”
(Midia Lungu, owner of a Habitat home)