Besøk til Kumbeyeeza Kooperativ i Harare

Tekst og bilder: Anders Ese

Kumbuyeeza kooperativ ble grunnlagt av tidligere hushjelper allerede i 1992. De ønsket å bygge hus til seg og sine familier. I dag har boligkooperativet 100 medlemmer, og husbyggingen er kommet langt. Med hjelp fra ZINAHCO har Kumbueyeeza fått tilgang til lån til bygging, materialer og verktøy. Medlemmene har spesialisert seg på produksjon av murstein, muring og snekring. Dette hjelper til å holde kostnadene nede for et boligkooperativ med få inntekter. Kumbuyeeza har også fått opplæring i organisasjonsarbeid fra ZINAHCO. Hushjelpene som grunnla Kumbuyeeza er i dag stolte bestemødre til gutter og jenter som takket være deres bestemødre, i dag bor i gode hus i trygge omgivelser.

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KUMBEYEEZA COOPERATIVE IN HARARE

Kumbuyeeza cooperative has existed since 1992. It was formed by former domestic workers, many of whom are women, who shared a common dream of establishing their own homes for themselves and their families. The cooperative has 100 members, with 79 of them having been allocated stands to build their homes on the Eastern outskirts of Harare.
After having joined ZINAHCO they have received a lot of assistance and practical follow up with regards to construction, building materials, and tools. ZINAHCO has also assisted the cooperative in administrating their organisation as well as capacity building among members. Under ZINAHCO’s administration the cooperative have been able to construct core units for most of their members. Some have even been able to move on to extending their housing units.

Access to ZINAHCO’s revolving loan fund has been instrumental to Kumbuyeeza being able to carry out construction work. In addition, to keep construction costs at a minimum, Kumbuyeeza carry out a number of construction activities within the cooperative: brick makers and construction workers are all sourced from within the community, lowering costs for a community that sees few arenas for income generation.

The initial founders of Kumbuyeeza are today proud grandmothers to young boys and girls that – thanks to their grandmothers efforts – are growing up in salubrious, well built homes in a secure environment.

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