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Mokubilo youth pioneer self-help housing scheme

MOKUBILO: Phankgi Resetse has come up with an initiative to build modern houses for the needy and unemployed here.
By PINI BOTHOKO
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Mmegi Online :: Mokubilo youth pioneer self-help housing scheme








The 30-year-old native of Boteti village said he approached his peers with the idea, and the group scheme started last year."The majority of people in our community are unemployed while some work in Ipelegeng. I decided that with the little they earn, a group scheme whereby they contribute money to buy building materials and construct houses for each other would help," said Resetse. Residential yards in Mokubilo are largely composed of single grass-thatched mud huts. Resetse said the huts are easily destroyed by rain. "We have formed five groups of four people. Every month-end we give money to one person to buy materials to build a two bedroom house for themselves," he said.

While some contribute P250, others fork out P500 a month to help each other build modern houses."The ones who contribute P250 per month work in Ipelegeng, while those contributing P500 have small businesses like tuck shops," he said.

Resetse said the majority of youth in the village, as well as the community at large, have showed interest in the initiative, and want to join the group scheme."Almost the whole community is interested in the group scheme as they

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want to sleep in modern houses," he said. He added that the group scheme also uses construction skills within the community.

"We pay them with proceeds from the scheme, even though it is not much," he said. He said that they have set a two year timeframe to have completed members' houses. Resetse's group scheme has so far built seven houses, which are almost complete.

"As a young person, I thought that government cannot do everything for us. We should try and help ourselves first. Government will take us half-way," he said. He revealed that he intends to start another group scheme next year to build toilets in the village. "As you can see, all yards in the village do not have toilets. It is not healthy. I want to pass the idea of building toilets to others at the beginning of 2013," he said, adding that  he would also advise members of the community to form manageable four-member groups. "As a developing country, a village like Mokubilo, especially by the road to Orapa, should be attractive, and toilets are the most important in the village," he noted.

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