Mabatini Layout Plan & Housing Design

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Focus Areas: Housing

This project, which began in 2010, involves the development of a draft settlement layout plan and draft housing design typologies for Mabatini. To date the community has completed the erection of a toilet block which is still to be connected to the main sewer. The community has actively participated in the process in the form of community planning sessions. The Pamoja Trust coordinated the enumeration of data. The Mabatini upgrading plan is still in process and is benefitting from collaboration with Muungano Support Trust (MuST), the University of Nairobi who contributed technical skill in the planning sessions, and the community at large.  

Location: Mabatini, Nairobi, Kenya

Deliverables:

The project is still in the first phase, which is demarcation. In this phase, three hundred and eighty-one (381) plots will be demarcated, fiffteen (15) of which will house public utilities. Two hundred and forty plots had been demarcated as of December 2013. 

In the second phase of the project, titling will be undertaken and housing construction will commence. 

Community capacity:

The community's participation in this project has primarily been through daily savings mechanisms. As such, their capacity and appreciation for savings has improved. They have raised deposits which amount to twenty percent (20%) of the loan. They have also ensured that the government issues the beneficiaries with allotment letters. 

Scale:

This project has the potential to be scaled up at national level. The Federation and the NGO will work closely with the newly formed county governments and the national land commission to encourage them to adopt enumeration and mapping proceses for the regularisation of other settlements in the country. 

Impact:

The project has had great impact on the whole community in the Mibuyu Saba settlement. More community members are now embracing the Federation's spirit.

The impact of the project has been tremendous given that the coastal region has huge land problems and the Federation in conjunction with MuST has been able to work with the Ministry of Lands and the Municipal Council. They have used the Federation's mapping and enumeration processes to identify beneficiaries and involve them in the planning process. This has set a good precedent on how land issues can be resolved. 

Finance:

SDI Contributions:

SDI contributed US$30,000.

Resources Leveraged:

The Federation has managed, through this project, to obtain approximately 25.5 acres of land from Government. They have also been able to leverage technical support from Government through their planners.

State Subsidy:

Approximately 25.5 acres of land was received from the State.

Market Generated Returns:

None to date.

Costs recovered from community:

There have been some, albeit limited, loan repayments made. Loan repayment continues at a steady rate. 

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Project information updated: 20 October 2015

Project in depth

Detailed Information

This project sees the Kenyan Alliance of Muungano wa Wanawijiji and Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT) respond to the need to apply greater structure to the designs of informal settlements. Initially the Mibiyu Saba land was set aside for industrial development due to complex issues of ownership and various disputes. In 2004 the squatters in Kilifi formed a committee to request the Mibuyu Saba land to be allocated to  them from Kilifi County Government. These squatters came from different areas in Kilifi including Roka, Matsagoni, Takaugu, Vipingo and Mnarani. Between 2004 and 2006 the community struggled to change the land use from industrial to settlement (residential). In 2007, they were given a letter of approval by the County Government permitting the land to be used for residential purposes.The squatters then started the process of titling and demarcation. It was at this time that the community was introduced to Muungano who started giving assistance. There are over three thousand (3,000) people living in the settlement.

Deliverables:

The demarcation of three hundred and eighty one (381) plots.

Community capacity:

Increasing interest, and consequently increasing numbers within the Federation, has resulted in an overall improvement in the financial management, namely savings, skills of the Federation members. 

Scale:

Although local in nature and aiming to demarcate three hundred and eighty-one plots (381), the project does have the potential to be scaled and implemented at a national level. 

Community mobilisation has been carried out throughout the project. The community participated in project activity and housing design typologies have been shared with the community. Involvement of partners such as the University of Nairobi, who are assisting with technical planning, ensures the project has sufficient support and will meet regulatory standards.

Impact:

The project has had a great impact on the whole community within the Mibuyu Saba settlement. More and more members are embracing the Federation's spirit. 

There is great room to build upon the relationships established by the Federation since the initiation of this project. So far the relationship between the Federation and the Government has been good, with Government offering technical support by providing a Government surveyor to assist the community demacate the land. This project will also help pull more resources in from the Government’s planning department in Mombasa.

Finance:

SDI Contributions:

SDI contributed US$30,000 of which US$25,000 was capital assistance and the remaining US$5,000 was allocated to project linked technical assistance. 

Resources Leveraged:

In addition to the approximately 25.5 acres contributed by the State, the Federation was also able to get technical assistance from the Government for the demarcation process. 

Market Generated Returns:

None to date.

Muungano wa Wanavijiji & Muungano Support Trust. (2012). Kilifi Mibuyu Saba Enumeration and Mapping Report. [Online]. Available: https://muunganosupporttrust.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/kilifi-enumeration-report.pdf
 
Muungano wa Wanavijiji. (2014). Focus on Kilifi (Mibuyu Saba) and Malindi (Mtangani) Settlements. [Online]. Available: https://muunganosupporttrust.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/focus-on-kilifi-mibuyu-saba-and-malindi-mtangani-settlements
 
Standard Digital. (2014). Coast Squatters Set to be Settled on Government Land, Standard Digital. [Online]. Available: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/m/story.php?id=2000110057&pageNo=2

Funding Information

Raised:

$30,000.00

Fully funded

Implementing Partners

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Muungano wa Wanavijiji


Akiba Mashinani Trust