WHAT RESIDENTS IN HURUMA SAY ABOUT COOPI PROJECT

Interview by Lara Palmisano and Chiara Camozzi


In Kenia, COOPI has been undertaken an informal settlements upgrading project in the Nairobi’slam named “Huruma” . Currently 200 houses have been constructed with facilities. This has been made possible by a system where COOPI pre-finances 80% of the house construction costs while the families contribute 20% through home loans obtained from group saving schemes.

We have asked 3 beneficiaries what they think about the project.

1. Beneficiary:   Susan Naitore, 54 years old

  • How has your life changed with a new house?

My life has changed a lot because in the new house I have all the facilities like water and toilet and I also have security. Now I’m living like a human being.

  • How has the community been affected by this project? What’s different in the daily life?

The community has been affected economically since they have started paying loans and electricity and water bills, which initially they were not paying.

  • Do you think that owing a house should be a “right”?

Yes it’s a right because to have a decent house is a basic need.

  • Was it hard to obtain this new house?

Yes it was hard because we have to save daily to access the loan for the houses and also to contribute with labour during the construction phase. It was also difficult for us to be part of the savings groups and have to follow rules.

  • Do you think this kind of project should be expanded to other communities as well?

Yes because we need to eliminate all slums within the urban centers.

2. Beneficiary:   Carolyne Atieno 35 years old

  • How has your life changed with a new house?

It has really changed my life because I have my own toilet and kitchen and I’m living in a more comfortable way than before, when I was living in a shack.

  • How has the community been affected by this project? What’s different in the daily life?

The only thing that affected the community is the title deed (land tenure) of the house; otherwise the community is very happy with this project.

  • Do you think that owing a house should be a “right”?

Yes because everybody has the right to live a decent and comfortable life

  • Was it hard to obtain this new house?

Yes we had to save money little by little and work at the construction site which is very hard especially for women, but we had to put our pride behind so as to obtain a comfortable life.

  • Do you think this kind of project should be expanded to other communities as well?

Actually there are many communities in others slums which have adopted our model and we get visitors from all over coming to see and learn what we are doing. This project really helped many people.

3. Beneficiary:   Samuel Wahiki, 36 years old

  • How has your life changed with a new house?

There is a big change because this new house has water and toilet which we didn’t experienced before.

  • How has the community been affected by this project? What’s different in the daily life?

Some beneficiaries have been affected by the project because there are no spaces for the business activities they were running before (small shops).

  • Do you think that owning a house should be a “right”?

Yes it’s a right to have your own house which makes you feeling comfortable and   enables human beings to survive.

  • Was it hard to obtain this new house?

Yes it’s hard because you have to save daily and to provide the labour for the construction.

  • Do you think this kind of project should be expanded to other communities as well?

Yes in order to have a vision of Kenya without slums.

For further information please visit http://coopi.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/kenya-a-dream-come-true-for-many-slum-residents/#more-1886

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