The land in Mavoko will help low-income earners to access affordable housing and youth training programmes.
Kenya’s Ministry of Lands has granted UN-HABITAT title to almost 55 acres to be used to build affordable housing and to improve the livelihoods of people living and working in slums.
The land in the municipality of Mavoko, about 25 kilometres southeast of the capital Nairobi, was given by the Kenyan government this month to promote sustainable neighbourhoods as part of the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP).
Kenya Women Land Access Trust (KEWLAT) will receive 30 per cent of the donated land that has been allocated for the building of homes. The trust aims to help low-income women in housing cooperatives to become home owners, so they can have greater tenure security and an investment in their futures. In Kenya, 58 per cent of young women who are employed in Nairobi and other large cities work in the informal sector, according to the 2008-2009 State of the World’s Cities Report. For details, click here.