Zaha unveils lowcost housing model

THE Zimbabwe Amalgamated Housing Association (Zaha) has unveiled a unique three-bedroomed double-storey housing model for low-income earners, which is set to ease the pressure on home seekers in most parts of the country.

BY STAFF REPORTER

The model house, built at a cost of $25 000, was unveiled in Chivhu on Friday, with Zaha director-general, Killer Zivhu saying homeseekers would be asked to pay a deposit of $3 000 before occupying the houses. Thereafter, they would be expected to pay “a flexible” monthly instalment for a period of 10 years.

“This state-of-the-art housing model will be for low-income earners. They deserve good houses and in this case there are certain features like a balcony upstairs, which is usually associated with expensive houses,” he told stakeholders at the unveiling ceremony.

“We decided to bring such a house to low-income earners and they don’t have to focus on the cost. All they have to do is to pay $3 000 and a monthly instalment. It is advisable that everyone should own a house.”

Zivhu said the payment conditions can also be more flexible for single women or widows, who usually face challenges in sustaining their families.

“If you are a single mother or a widow, you will be given 15 years to pay. The Bible says we should look after this group of people because of the challenges they face in looking after their families,” he said.

Several top officials from various local authorities, who were present at the ceremony, pledged to provide land to Zaha to construct low-cost, but modern cluster houses in their areas to reduce housing backlogs.

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