Low cost descent houses for recent university graduate professionals in 4 major cities of Malawi: Li
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
According to the National Environmental Management Act (1998) of South Africa sustainable development is defined as "the integration of social economic and environmental factors into planning, implementation and decision making, so as to ensure that development serves present and future generations. The housing project touches on sustainable development by centering on three issues namely public participation in the project, secondly the environmental quality of the houses and thirdly sustainable business. On the aspect of public participation, the project will build houses based on the town plans of the cities and also in line with environmental protection guidelines. Secondly, the houses will have sustainable environmental features such as the use of compressed earth blocks which result in cooler interiors, light coloured roofs, light coloured walls and shading will aid the building to cool itself, eliminating the need for expensive mechanical cooling equipment. In addition wideroofs overhangs and raised floors for flood prevention will be constructed. lastly the houses will be electrified by solar energy to solve energy problems. On the issue of sustainable business a ceres road map for sustainability will be used. Among other aspects/indicators which will be considered are protection of workers human rights, prioritize low impact transportation systems and modes, and address business travel and commuting and also cross check supply chain system especially sustainability of inputs from suppliers. On the issue of sustainable development, social and economic aspects are also considered. On economic front the project will create local jobs by using locally sourced materials. Socially, according to WHO proper homes reduces chronic and transmittable diseases.
Sustainability and future plans
To ensure sustainability of the project the following aspects will be considered. A huge land for construction will be purchased with title deeds. Houses will be expanded on the land given availability of finance and other resources. Higher standard of supervision during construction, inspection by local authorities, leaving room for future extension in homes, dividing rooms to create more private space and regreening areas to allow for more natural shade will be taken into account. Enter into long-term partnerships with dwellers to purchase the houses after living in them for more than 3 years. Enter in partnership with government or financial institution to support the construction of affordable houses for professional graduates. Capacity building of local entrepreneurs and community to replicate the project. RISKS Currency risks as the Malawi kwacha devalue over time. Security problems
Your profile as an entrepreneur
In 2011, having received an email from Do-Good Lab a small nongovernmental organization in the United States of America saying they want to support the implementation of a borehole project in Malawi, little did Mr. Frank Kamanga knew that his first project will boost the profile of Global Hope Mobilization(GLOHOMO), a local non organization in Malawi which he co-founded. GLOHOMO is now running projects worth more than $1 million dollars from a $10,000 grant. The growth of GLOHOMO instilled in him a great sense of achievement as a young leader. Ironically he was only working with GLOHOMO on voluntary basis as co-founder and a director of programes but officially he also held a job as an economist at the Central Bank of Malawi. He was using part of his income to finance the growth of GLOHOMO. Frank Kamanga, is a 30 years old Malawian man. As a social entreneur Frank has mplemented several projects. He has mplemented economic development projects such as Self Help Groups, Health projects on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Frank also has experience in profit making business. He has managed a car hire venture for 2 years, and a website development company. Now he has wants to venture in real estate by constructing and renting houses. On the leadership and project management front, he is the co-founder of Global Hope Mobilisation (GLOHOMO), a local NGO in Malawi, Project Coordinator of African Students Association in Turkey-2014-2015. Currently he is holding a position as resource mobilization officer of Center for Child Development and Research in Malawi. Contact: kamafrank(@)gmail(dot)com