Usaviwattha Incremental Housing Project II

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Focus Areas: Housing

This project is a continuation of the Usaviwattha Housing project in Usaviwattha settlement, Colombo, financed by its revolved funds. It aims to construct 20 houses and a community centre. To date 20 houses and 10 toilets have been built. The relationship between the Federation and the Moratuwa Municipal council as well as the government improved throughout this project – with continued negotiations for decreasing the size of plots from 500m2 to 300-400m2. Land for the project was given at no cost to the Federation and funds were given for doors, windows, and water services. UN-Habitat also gave funds for the preparation of house plans and for engineering services. A loan was obtained from the Sanasa Development to fund construction, which occurs in three stages. The community gave input on the designs of the project. The process of handing over land was long and is still a challenge to overcome.

Location: Usaviwattha, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Upali Sumitri (+94) 33 222 796 2

Project information updated: 20 March 2014

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This project sees the Sri Lanka Alliance of Janarukula and Women’s Development Bank Federation (WCBF) renew the contract for housing in Usaviwaththa settlement. Usaviwattha has been in existence for more than 75 years. At the onset of the project, 56 households had been living illegally without land rights. The settlement was formed as a result of constructing for labourers working for the Moratuwa Municipal council - having grown since – and has been historically owned by the Municipal council. Enumerations of the settlement show that 80% of its occupants earn their income through the collection of wastes of the Moratuwa Municipal Council area and cleaning the roads.
Community participation was encouraged throughout this project. Community members are still saving, putting repaid funds into a revolving fund used to issue new loans. Using this system is more sustainable as money lenders charge high interest. A total of USD 25 000 was collected over three years. Using the strength gained through the savings programme the community fully managed the implementation of the housing project. The community is responsible for monitoring and evaluation of project.

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Women Development Bank