100 Affordable green homes for poor communities to be constructed
In its mission to address the need for affordable and environmental-friendly housing in Zambia, the Zambia Green Job's Programme (ZGJP) collaborates with organisations such as the People's Process on Housing and Poverty in Zambia (PPHPZ). Through the National Housing Authority (NHA) the Ministry of Local Government has awarded PPHPZ with a public procurement contract to construct 100 low-cost sustainable houses.
PPHPZ is a non-governmental organisation with a mission to work with poor, homeless and urban communities in assisting them to find solutions to their housing problems.With technical and financial support of ZGJP, the organisation has trained members of selected communities to use eco-friendly materials to build affordable green homes. Through the use of Stabilised Soil Bricks (SSB) the PPHPZ has so far built six demonstration homes in Lusaka's 10 miles area as well as in Kitwe and Kalulushi. With the new contract to build 100 low-cost sustainable houses, 150 new green jobs will be created during the one-year construction period.
Furthermore, PPHPZ has trained 24 women and 16 men in Lusaka on how to produce Stabilised Soil Bricks (SSBs) and also how to use these technologies to build green homes. A further 60 people (30 women and 30 men) were trained in Kitwe and Kalulushi on the Copperbelt. The knowledge acquired by the trainees is being transferred to their colleagues through joint participation in construction projects, such as the one described above, leading to further skills development and job creation in the Zambian built environment.
The houses built are also expected to generate interests from the urban poor in green technologies and building.
PPHPZ is part of an alliance with the Zambian Homeless and Poor People's Federation and part of a network with Slum Dwellers International (SDI).
Photo caption: One of the affordable green homes built in Kitwe.