Small support encourages the community to improve their housing condition
Dipu Namuna is the informal settlement of Mushahar community with 56 households. The community is located in ward no. 5 of Sundar Haraicha Municipality. Despite of the easy access to the community from the city area, the community people have limited access to the city services. Access to proper sanitation services, safe water and healthy life seems very challenging in the community. All the households in the communities are engaged in informal jobs like unskill labour in construction works, households works, agricultural labour, transporation labour etc. Due to the low economic condition of the families, they had not being able to fulfil their desire to improve their housing condition and were compelled to live in the pitiable condition.
Lumanti has coordinated with the Sundar Haraicha Municipality for the selection of the most needy communities for housing improvement and received written approval from the municipality. The selection of the families to be supported through the project was even more challenging. As most of the families in the communities are poor and the housing condition are very miserable and needed improvement for the betterment of their life, the municipality recommended for covering more and more families as far as possible. Lumanti has mobilized its community mobilizers in the targeted community and conducted series of discussion with the communities and formed Users Groups for the selection of the families to be supported through the project, families who were more deserving. The team also provided necessary orientation for their active participation throughout the construction process and also ensured for the household funding and labour contributions to complete the house.
For mobilizing the grant support to construct the house, agreement has been done prior to the release of grant support ensuring the completion of the construction. With the nominal grant support worth NPR 50,000.00 to each families total of 50 houses have been constructed in the community.
In fact, the small grant fund from Lumanti has worked as the catalyst and the motivational factor leading to improve the housing condition of the low income families in the community.