Man Maya is 45 years old and lives in Sunsari, Nepal. She has two sons, aged 16 and 14 and one daughter, aged 18. Maya was left widowed a few years ago and with little skills and almost no education she was left almost destitute.
The plight of those struggling to afford rental accommodation is leading to ever greater demand for social housing. Alternative financing arrangements such as group collateral, used in some of the poorest countries in our region, may be something we can learn from.
When Habitat for Humanity Australia Ambassador, Angela Catterns, first met Njor, it was in the slums of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Njor lived with her children and elderly father in the only place she could afford: a small, poorly built shack.
Safe and affordable housing is a basic requirement of life, yet over a million Australian households experience housing stress. Fortunately, one charity group is doing something about it by mobilising communities, building new homes and giving people interest-free loans. Read this article
Thirty-five year old Sakuntala lives with her son Prajwol, aged 4. Her husband left her after just five months of marriage and has not returned since. Her neighbours supported her during her pregnancy and delivery in the absence of her husband. Read this article
Markita and her family lost their home and their fishing boat in Typhoon Haiyan. Markita is one of the 47,000 people who live in Guiuan, a city bordered by water on three sides. It was in Guiuan that the Typhoon first made landfall.