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Angola: Production of doors and windows for low-cost housing

General information
Project location: Huambo, Angola
Project Budget: EUR 1,500,000
External financing: PSI Programma
Project period: January 2013 to July 2015

Since the end of the war in 2002, many refugees and internally displaced people have returned to Angola. However, they have returned to the empty fields as the un-maintained mud brick homes are gone. As such, the demand for housing is a high priority in the redevelopment process.
Habitec from Angola is a ‘social enterprise’ and manufacturer of furniture for schools that are being rebuilt by the government of Angola. Habitec with its South African partner Cheswood have made plans to establish a joint venture and invest in a joinery dedicated to the production of standard-size doors, door frames and windows, in particular targeting the low-cost housing market. The joinery will use timber from sustainable plantations, mainly eucalyptus in the Huambo region and provide direct employment.