project: residential construction

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High-value housing in Kabwe is rare and the rents are increasing steadily. That’s the reason why we bought a plot with an already existing house to build further houses on to rent them out. The rental income minus operating costs and reserves for maintenance flow back into the aid projects of Life Trust completely. There are in total seven accommodation units (one and two family houses) and four apartments for one or two persons.
We work together with a local company whose aim it is to finance mission project sustainably through investment. At the same time the company trains locals in skilled trades so that they can earn a livelihood for them and their families.

Furthermore we are happy to offer the apartments for rent to the staff of Life Trust. It was difficult in the past to find enough housing for our staff.

Please pray for a good progress in the building projects and the protection of setbacks.

In this recent second project stage in the southern part of the property a big house (4 rooms) with a well-spaced garden was build. Thanks to a generous donation and a credit the construction work could take place. In the last stage of construction four two-room-apartsment were built.

In the first stage of the project (2014-2016) the property was developed (water, sewage, electricity, enclosure); at the same time the construction of the two two-family-houses started. Furthermore the already existing house was converted into a double-house for two parties. Construction work startet in november 2014, in the beginning of 2016 people moved into the apartments. Bereits seit Februar 2015 werden die zwei Wohnungen in dem ursprünglich bestehenden Haus vermietet.

All the buildings have a modern design and high quality of used materials and processing in common. High-value housing is not self-evident and hard to find in Kabwe. That’s why we expect to have a high demand.

three room apartment

The big house that we bought was converted to obtain an improved utilization. One part of the house was converted into a separate three-room-apartment with one bathroom, two bedrooms and an open dining, kitchen and living area such as an own garden. 

living community

The second part of the house was converted to a living community for short-term and long-term missionaries. The apartment has four big bedrooms and additional spacious collectively used rooms (kitchen, dining and living room plus bathrooms) such as a community garden.

two family houses

The two two-story houses are located on the northern part of the plot. Each of the four modern apartments has an open dining, kitchen and living area beside a bathroom and three bedrooms. The former is complemented through a big veranda. In front of the houses there are sufficient parking spots and behind the house there is a spacious community garden.

One family house with big garden

The single-floor one family house has a bathroom, three bedrooms and an open living, dining and kitchen area. The big, privately used garden is special to this house. It is perfect for people who value privacy.

two-rooms-apartments

Our two-rooms-apartments are built for singles or couples who demand high quality but don’t need a lot of space. These apartments have a openly built living, cooking and dining area as well as a nice veranda beside bed- and bathroom.

Building in Zambia is not the same then to build in Germany. Experienced builders will recognize the differences in one or another way.

water supply

We can access water from the public supplier or bore a well. The benefit of an own well is made up of the very good ground water quality in wide sections of the country. Even people with a sensitive stomach can drink the water without treatment if the borehole is 50 to 60 meters deep.

There is an “prepaid”-system for power in Zambia. It is comparable to the cell phone system in Germany. One receives the desired amount of kilowatt hours at the Service Center against payment in form of a Code one needs to type into the meter at home. One can use the paid units immediately.

foundation

FoundationA good foundation is important for every house (Matthew 7:12). Therefore, only the most experiences builders are allowed to work in this area. The foundation is not poured completely in Zambia in contrast to Germany. After digging the foundation holes the armoring is being arranged in the holes. The concrete is poured to make a foundation that is about 30 cm thick. On top of this cement bricks are layed to form the so called ‘box’. In it there’s going to be compacted clay soil. On it one puts the armoring and pours the sole plate.

brickwork

The construction material for walls are burned mudbricks preferably from old termite hills. Burning bricks Mixed with water and pressed into the mould the bricks are being dried in the hot sun. Afterwards, the bricks are being piled up. The piles have a left out small chambers in which fire wood is being filled and burned for three days.
 

 

reinforced concrete

MixingParts of the foundation and even the ceiling are being built out of reinforced concrete. The concrete for the foundation is being poured in the ditches but the ceiling must be paneled with wood. The concrete is being mixed on the ground by hand with sand, stones, cement and water. To cast the ceiling the concrete, must be carried with buckets to the top.

 

upper floor

It is very unusual in Zambia to build several floors. There is a lot of uninhabited land and therefore not a lot of incentive to build more than one floor. However, the increasing prices for ground are changing the situation bit by bit, especially in good and central locations. Furthermore, multilevel houses are still rare and offer exclusivity.

march/april 2016

 

 

 

January 2015

 

Casting the first floor

 

 

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