- When Habitat started in Tanzania: 1986
- Individuals served in FY16: 2,675
- Volunteers hosted in FY16: 4
- Housing solutions: Finishing (roofing, flooring and painting), Repairs and renovations, Auxiliary structures (toilets, doors, water taps)
- Capital: Dodoma
- Main country facts: Gained independence in 1961
- Population: 52.5 million
- Urbanization: 31.6 percent
- Life expectancy: 61.8 years
- Unemployment rate: 10.3 percent
- Population living below poverty line: 28.2 percent
The housing need in Tanzania
Habitat for Humanity in Tanzania seeks to improve standard of living of low-income families through enabling community members to live in decent and affordable houses. Habitat for Humanity Tanzania started operations in 1986 in Kigoma region. In June 2009, a housing microfinance product known as “Makazi Bora” was established.
Habitat for Humanity in Tanzania
The housing need in Tanzania is estimated to be 3 million units with annual increase of 200,000 units (Shelter Afrique). The existence of house deficit is very high with consideration of the quality of houses and congestions in line with important services like water and electricity. Taking these factors into consideration, the housing deficit in urban Tanzania is estimated to be 1.2 million units, of which 36% are in Dar Es Salaam. Moreover, income levels of most households in Tanzania are too low; 90% of population can afford less than $45 and 68% can afford less than $23 on housing per month (Housing Market Study, Tanzania, 2012). Financing, though relatively increasing, is not affordable to most households. It is estimated that only 3% of the population can afford a mortgage. In this view, it is estimated that demand for housing microfinance in Tanzania exceeds $400 million (Market Study on Housing Microfinance, Tanzania, 2012). According to UNICEF (2011) only 46% of population has access to safe drinking water. Most houses have no registered title deeds.
How Habitat addresses the need in Tanzania
The role of Habitat Tanzania under its housing microfinance product “Makazi Bora is to provide housing loans in order to enable low-income families live in affordable and decent houses. It provides financing to cover house repairs, renovation and house completion. Water and sanitation improvements are also supported. Since the establishment of Makazi Bora, more than 6,100 families have benefited from a microfinance loan. In the next five years, in addition to retail lending, Habitat Tanzania is planning to address housing needs by working on a number of lines of business.
Here are some examples of Habitat projects in Tanzania:
Habitat Tanzania will participate in advocating for relevant policies that affect households in issues such as housing, land and microfinance. Habitat Tanzania is an active member of Tanzania Housing Microfinance Working Group, whose main objective is to advocate for better housing and related matters in the country.
In order to enhance services to beneficiaries, Habitat Tanzania will explore opportunities for engaging volunteers who would like to participate in its services.
Habitat Tanzania will have fundraising strategies in order tof acilitate execution of its programme activities.
Habitat Tanzania will engage in internship programs with relevant colleges/universities in order to enable students acquire experience on issues of housing and related services.
Habitat Tanzania will have strategies to develop its organization in order to ensure sustainability.
Meet a Habitat family
Most of our clients have confirmed that their respective families have enjoyed better housing conditions as a result of housing loans from Habitat Tanzania. Loans for water storage facilities have benefited not only the borrowers and their respective families, but also the rest of community members around.
Elifadhili, a famous client of Habitat Tanzania, said when appreciating services of the organization: “With a loan of USD 1,000 I got from Habitat Tanzania, I managed to purchase a water tank and built a water storage facility. I have fixed a water tape that provides clean water to the rest of community members in my street at a very reasonable fee. Women highly appreciate my service as they no longer walk a long distance to fetch water while at the same time I gain extra income for my family”.
What you can do
You can help needy Tanzanian families improve their living conditions by taking one or more of the following actions:
Donate: Go to habitat.org/donate and designate your gift to Habitat Tanzania.
Volunteer: Join one of the scheduled Global Village trips to Europe, Middle East and Africa or lead your own.
Tithe: Establish a strong and rewarding tithe partnership to help build houses globally! Quote 865600, TANZANIA on your checks sent to: Habitat for Humanity International, Attn: Affiliate Tithe, 121 Habitat St. Americus, GA 31709
To learn more about Habitat projects in Tanzania please contact us.
Habitat for Humanity Tanzania
Cyrus Watuku, Director Program Operations
Habitat for Humanity Europe, Middle East and Africa