HOUSING

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

James 1:27

RecycloCraftz is fostering improved/safer living conditions in the compound of Kamanga. Life is improving by helping to finance and encourage the purchase of clean mattresses and mosquito nets, focusing on clean water and family based toilets. Seeing electricity installed in homes and providing a way to purchase the pay-by-unit fees there fosters new power and a sense of pride. Adding sturdy doors, windows and metal security bars decreases rampant robberies within the poverty-ridden compounds where the members dwell. We have witnessed increased home ownership, less moving from one unfinished rental home to another, and more stability within the households in general.

RecycloCraftz mcroloans have played a vital part in establishing these improved living conditions. Members have dug wells on their property and expanded their homes after living in cramped and overcrowded room. They have added roofs to their homes where only bed sheets previously protected them, in a country where it rains only three months of the year. Very few Zambians know about or use credit cards. Because bank accounts are costly to maintain and require trips out of the compounds many Zambians invest in building materials when they acquire a few extra kwatcha (dollars). Turning any extra funds into crude cinder blocks, bags of cement or door and window frames is their way of looking to the future. It seems like everyone in Zambia has a building project going on somewhere within Lusaka or in their familial remote village far away. Sadly, those who do need to borrow cash are often the victim of high stake usury when they can’t borrow money from family and friends.