Kenya Railways Update Leads to New Housing

File Photo from the Business Daily Africa

In Kenya, an update to the railway system provides for the relocation of thousands of people to protect their safety. Because of the location of the train — only a few meters from the nearby dwellings — the trains must slow to a creeping speed to protect the people living nearby.

The Kenya Railways upgrade includes the creation of 3,129 single-roomed houses, 1490 of which will include a kitchen, sleeping area, and toilet on the upper floor and trading stalls below. The units will be connected to water and power.

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Kenya: Innovative Designs

Photo by Laura Kroft

Here is an interesting article about innovative urban building projects in Kenya. The authors outline that the project extends far beyond just building sustainable housing — it also must focus on micro-loan and other financing options to empower those who are impoverished. “Each unit costs between Sh150,000 to Sh200,000, with potential homeowners required to raise a ten per cent down payment and the local Muungano Savings Group lending the individual a further ten per cent. The remaining 80 per cent comes from the credit agency Akiba Mashinani Trust. The homeowner is expected to gradually pay off the loan by means of the daily savings scheme with an interest rate of six percent.”

We’re continuing to look for innovative housing project designs for urban dwellings. Check out our website at www.sheltersforall.org to contribute. You can be the one to change the future for these individuals!