Community-Led-Housings: Providing Shelter Needs For Grassroots People

5 December 2018

With the aims to provide housing needs for the grassroots people who have to live as informal settlement, the community led housing projects have been initiating by a local NGO.

The projects have been implementing by the Women Saving and Development Network with the support of Women for the World.

The community led housing projects are implementing in the outskirt of Yangon Region like ShwePyiTha, HlaingThaYa, HtanTapin, Dagon Seikkan, Shwe Pauk kan and North Okkalapa Townships. About 10 housing projects have been completed so far and it benefits to about 1000 families.

Director, Women for the World, Vanlizar Aung said “We started community led housing cooperative society system since 2009. At first, our women for the world initiated the plan but then as the community participation increase, we established the Women Saving and Development Network. That network continues implementing the rest of the projects. We only gave technical support.”

Moe San Pan Housing Project in Dagon Seikkan Township is one of the Community led housing being implemented with the support of Women for the World.

A member of the Housing Committee explained about the rules such as the property are non-housing speculation as Community led housing cooperative society system is differ from Conventional housing system.

Member, Moe San Pan Housing Committee, Thet Thet Wai said “ As it describe in the contract, for those who cannot pay back their loans have to give up their house to the committee. We made this rule because this is the community led housing and our posterity can own the property. We can’t let our future generation go back to the life of informal settlement.”

The houses are 10`x15` ones, built on the land plot of 13`x35` wide. They have to pay 48,250 per a month for the normal houses and 67,000 for the houses which extend fronts and back annex. They added that they have already paid back loan for 21 months, and it needs about one more year for all the loans will be cleared.

They also explained about the groundless rumors on their housing project, recently spread by some people who want to sell the house, breaking their rules.