Photo: a women and two children from Zambia sitting on stairs in front of their house

Stories from Africa

We work to empower low-income people in Africa to build a better life for themselves and their children. We help not only through shelter programs but also through developing affordable housing products and services. In areas affected by droughts, we deliver water and sanitation solutions. 

Africa has vast opportunities and resources, yet too many people still live in substandard housing conditions. We want to help change this together with our partners and volunteers.

Safe and secure

"Not even in my dreams did I imagine living in a house like this," Jika told us after she moved from an unsafe mud hut to a new Habitat home.

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The Water of Life

Kauma Village is an informal settlement of over 33,000 people who live on the outskirts of Lillongwe, Malawi's capital. In Kauma, many people lack basic water and sanitation facilities, as it falls outside the government's services.

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The plight of Grace

Grace January suddenly heard people shouting ‘Water! Water! Water!‘ Her house was taken by flood in the aftermath of the Cyclone Idai. Help her to rebuild it.

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Independent women

Gender inequality creates obstacles for many women who want to build their houses and earn an independent living. For them, land-ownership rights are a foundation for an independent life.

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More than just a house

Job’s cheerful face and deep respect for people belie the hardships that he, his siblings, and mother had to endure. “Our future changed when my mum heard about Habitat for Humanity at a church meeting,” Job said.

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Securing the Future of Lesotho's Orphans

The Kingdom of Lethoso is a dichotomy. Tourists are amazed by it breathtaking views of mountains and valleys. But 70% of the country's population of 2 million, of which 300,000 are orphans, live in poverty.

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A quiet leader who put others first

Listening to Tavitha Njeri Kibiru quietly describe what she went through following the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya was chilling. In one day, Tavitha’s life went from being a wife and mother of six to that of a hunted person and refugee.

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