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The Peramiho Homemakers league is an NGO aimed at improving shelter especially roof
facing of most of the houses in that region. It is also aimed at eradicating poverty.
The Peramiho Homemakers League is an NGO based in Peramiho village, 24 km from Songea
town in Ruvuma Region south of Tanzania.
The policy of the project is to improve shelter and better living standards of
communities in the region as well as in other parts of Tanzania.
The project has 4 working teams namely, tile making, carpentry, masonry and building
rehabilitation. The group has 10 vibrator machines with the capacity of producing 2,500
tiles per day if all the machine work.
PEHOLE enjoys minimal support from the government at regional and district levels. While local authorities provide technical expertise in tile production, the regional authorities invite PEHOLE to attend some of its development meetings.
Women are also fully involved in the project. Out of 34 members of the group, 15 are
women. This constitutes a fair ration of 44% of women involved in the project. 6 women
members of PEHOLE have been trained and have formed two groups together with 10 other
youths to undertake various human shelter projects at their respective villages.
Impact on the living environment
Through training and assistance in creating self-help groups, PEHOLE has successfully
created self-employment to 77 youth, It has also established a revolving fund for two
groups from two villages to build 10 houses on a credit system. Under this scheme the
groups are required to pay back the loan within a period of 3 years in cash or in kind.
Affordable housing services
Since the establishment of the tile making project, PEHOLE has roofed a total of 97
houses in the regions. It has also constructed two classrooms and rehabilitated a hospital
in Songea rural.
PEHOLE's policies focus on improvement and provision of shelter to the people and
eradicating poverty. It has already established a credit facility to communities and the
formation of a revolving fund to enable small groups of youth and the community as a whole
to have access to human shelter. PEHOLE has further constructed inhouse training to enable
members and non-members equip themselves with skills in the tile making and house building
The project has been locally initiated and is a local NGO.
Peramiho Homemakers League
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