Faced with a dearth of affordable housing opportunities, even after the end of Apartheid, residents from Motherwell,
South Africa, turned to CHF International for help. CHF provided residents with the technical assistance, organisational
support and bridging finance they needed to build their own high-quality homes, through a method that allowed the
use of relatively unskilled labour. After helping residents form the Sakhezethu NgoManyano Housing Association and
establishing the Assisted Self-Help Model, community members built a total of 395 safe and affordable houses to
which they have full title. This model has been transferred throughout South Africa, with thousands of houses built using
the concepts for the development of housing and community that it established.
Keywords : Post-Apartheid, South Africa, Assisted, Self-Help, Housing Project
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