Low cost descent houses for recent university graduate professionals in 4 major cities of Malawi: Li

Your title/position Resource Mobilization Officer
Type of Enterprise non-profit organization
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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.

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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

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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

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August 28, 2016 22:37

Hello Olorunfemi,

Thanks for your constructive comment. In Malawi such projects are mainly initiated by government and private sector. Some players in the civil society are also implementing such projects but targeting the general communities in slums and rural areas. There is potential for partnerships with other civil society organisations and government for knowledge sharing and technological support.

I have also come across low cost and environmental friendly housing technology such as ecostep sand bags building. This technology can be adopted in Malawi with innovative finance mechanism the project can be implemented. It might take long I know.


August 28, 2016 20:37

Hello Frank, your project is doable and tends to be capital intensive. apparently, projects like this is left for government to handle in Nigeria. moreso, to have a secured land title takes a significant process period and housing scheme are more likely planned for civil servants and public officials, as against proffessional in the private sector.

How do you intend to raise the amount of capital/fund that will be sufficient to build two room appartment on owner occupier model?
Is there an organized civil society body in Malawi that you can partner with to conduct a social accountability project to demand for improved housing services for youth and graduates, from duty bearers and service providers?

August 28, 2016 11:45

This project idea is great and has an inbuilt sound solution in the communities. I support it by votes and comments and advise the owner not to give up. No matter how the competition position, this project will take you higher if well implemented.

July 27, 2016 10:00

nice initiative

Williot Joaquim Lumbe

June 21, 2016 18:13

Uplift young adults' lives in Malawi's four cities by voting for this project. Your vote counts

June 14, 2016 14:37

This is a good project, it will improve lives, great idea there. Wish you the best.
I have cast my vote for you!

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May 24, 2016 21:14

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April 12, 2016 01:09

It is a good idea, because as someone in a professional field you should be given some reward for your hard work and a proper place to live is one of them.This project will need heavy capital investment to get it up and running which is not necessarily a bad thing, as it will strengthen your business project competencies.I agree with the means of powering the homes as not just the renewable energy aspect but a way to reduce the cost of bills per month. The main issue that will be faced will be banks willing to invest in low cost housing as they will want to firstly make as much money as possible given it's graduates and secondly since the home will be used as security if payments can't be made how profitable will it be for them to resell the homes.Also a longterm plan on sustainability in terms of relying on the government subsidies must be looked at as that may change.I wish you all success and given your profile as an entrepreneur I believe nothing can stop you.Continue with the great work and check out my idea URClickcast https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/4/2637/ when it comes live you will be able to broadcast your idea worldwide.

April 11, 2016 22:54

thanks for the comment

April 11, 2016 21:57

Great initiative to encourage! The student housing has always been a problem in most African countries. I can confirm you that is the same thing also in DR Congo. Your idea could resolve many problems in the lives of students in Malawi. Congrats for the idea!

It would be my pleasure if also you visit my page, read and comment on my idea, nominated in the category Best Idea. Here is the link to my page:

Thank you in advance.