Native Affordable Housing Network

Improving housing conditions and reduce health risks of low income earners by teaming up hard working families to build and own quality home

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Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

NAHN

Year founded

2016

Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1 - 10

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: City

Kampala

Location(s) of impact

Uganda:Kampala

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/nativeaffordablehousingnetwork/

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Native Affordable Housing Network works to help women of low income in Uganda to build and own quality homes at a minimum cost. This is because 53.8% out of 70% of poorly constructed housing accommodations are female headed households (2014 NPHC). The costs of housing complicate housing decisions and leave women with no hopes to ever build and own a home. Also women that are facing housing problem, their children are in multiple health risks.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

The proposed solution is that constructing a house alone through using contractors is very costly just like our competitors who focus on profits, our products and services are different and unique since for us we train our clients to make most of the building materials like bricks and mine sand themselves. Other materials that they cannot make themselves we supply them on credit and allow them pay later. We also mobilize our clients to do much of labor themselves rather than hiring contractors and this reduces the cost of building and increases the ability of many women to build and own houses.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Our initiative has 250 fully registered members who have been impacted through a variety of no- cost housing counseling services that enable them make informed decisions about housing options, worked with them to build 15 homes and offered housing materials on credit to 37 women to finish their homes. Thus improving housing conditions, reduced poor housing health related risks, ignited creativity and innovation, built the spirit of team work as well as improving their family living conditions, reduced deforestation since we use bricks to replace the many reeds used on grass thatched (huts) and local temporary houses (slider trees) which get destroyed in short run and swamps will be reserved since we do not cutting down grass for construction.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Native Affordable Housing Network helps women of low income in Uganda to build and own their homes via a fair and transparent credit model. We supply them with building materials and offer on-site services at credit and charge a small interest payable in eighteen months. This interest is used for the company’s sustainability. We provide the credit to build homes to millions of women to even those without credit histories and collateral security.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

We train clients to provide labor, make building material and we provide others services on credit.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

As a kid, I was brought up by a single mother in a grass thatched house. I, my mother, my sister and the four male siblings used to share one room and this used to embarrass me especially when I could be in my menstrual periods and to pad myself was also a problem. It was until when one of my anti who was married in Kenya decided to be giving me a hand in my academics.So during my holidays i could some times visit her and help her do some other work that i could handle.Since I was a very curious girl, I found out a group of people teaming up to build houses and when I came back I decided to begin an organization to help women and make the building affordable to those who have housing problem.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

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