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Shack dwellers to own houses soon as commissioned Buy-a-Brick homes near completion

Shack dwellers to own houses soon as commissioned Buy-a-Brick homes near completion

Less than six months after the third launch of Buy-a-Brick initiative, most of the commissioned houses are reaching completion.

The Standard Bank’s flagship initiative, launched in partnership with the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN), has so far aided in building some 40 houses in Rehoboth.

“When we launched the third leg of our Buy-a-Brick initiative late last year, we committed to building 50 houses in Windhoek, Berseba and Otjinene. I am proud to say that a majority of the houses have reached completion with the remaining few just a few weeks houses shy of completion,” Standard Bank’s PR and Communication’s Manager, Surihe Gaomas-Guchu said.

Gaomas-Guchu said that the speed in which the communities were building their homes is testament of their commitment to provide decent homes for their families. This also means that the goal of 50 houses will be exceeded because more people are able to begin construction on their homes as the initial loans are paid back and the funds are made available for them.

“Of the 50 houses that were scheduled to build, 17 of the 20 houses in Berseba have been completed, while three are already at roof level with completion expected by the end of this month and in Otjinene all 16 houses are at the roof level with completion also expected in the next few weeks,” she explained.

However, in Windhoek only five houses have been completed, two are yet to be constructed, while members of the Ituyeni savings group are still awaiting approval of their plans from the City of Windhoek.

“The progress we have made so far is testament to the fact that if we band together, we can and will bring an end to the housing shortage in the country. Every Namibian deserves to have a decent brick which they can call their home, we are honoured to be able to bring more and more of them closer to realising that goal,” Gaomas-Guchu stressed.

SDFN’s Co-Director, Heinrich Amushila, expressed his gratitude towards the Bank for their unrelenting support in ensuring that Namibians can achieve their dreams and aspirations of getting a decent home.

“The financial contribution by Standard bank is adding value to the people’s lives by making more money available and this helps more people to build houses affordably. Buy-a-Brick is the only financing vehicle in Namibia raising funds vigorously for the poor. Standard Bank and Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia have worked together for 11 years now and we appreciate and value that generous contribution to this movement,” he concluded.

With a contribution of N$5 or more Namibians can contribute to making a difference by placing their deposits into the Standard Bank’s Buy a Brick Account.



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Donald Matthys

Donald Matthys has been part of the media fraternity since 2015. He has been working at the Namibia Economist for the past three years mainly covering business, tourism and agriculture. Donald occasionally refers to himself as a theatre maker and has staged two theatre plays so far. Follow him on twitter at @zuleitmatthys