New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Omaruru Residents Become Proud Home Owners

Windhoek — The Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) handed over 25 houses to residents of Omaruru over the weekend.

The occasion coincided with a brick-making event for the construction of houses by the SDFN.

The SDFN is a network of saving schemes for homes, which aims to improve the living conditions of low-income earners living in shacks, rented rooms and those without accommodation, while promoting women's participation.

The network has grown to reach all regions of the country with 643 saving groups of 19 579 members.

The organisation has so far saved N$12,04 million, while it has already built over 3 000 houses.

The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Jerry Ekandjo, at the occasion urged the Omaruru business community and residents to support and rally behind efforts to assist the less privileged.

"For your development to sustain itself, everyone in the saving group must be responsible to share the work and responsibility of looking after the resources - that is their houses, open markets, loan repayments, the service payments and the land they occupy," Ekandjo said in a speech read on his behalf by Erongo Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua.

According to Ekandjo, the shack dwellers have risen to the occasion and have organised many poor and homeless people as its members and is now assisting low-income communities all over Namibia.

"Your selfless efforts are highly valued by the government and the ministry."

The ministry has so far made available N$14,6 million to the federation.

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