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The primary objective of the project was to support the Government of Lesotho on its programme of decentralisation of government to secondary urban centres. It aimed at improving social and economic opportunities by upgrading the physical infrastructure, social facilities and access to housing for lower income families. The sites and services project provided families with a building material loan and a total of two hundred and sixty-seven (267) families built themselves starter houses. These ranged from a minimum of two-rooms to a maximum of three. The self help method where families are guided by the LHLDC saw a number of families actually actually built themselves while others employed small contractors whose performance was subjected to the Corporation's technical staff's scrutiny.
Social Acceptance and Consensus
267 families built themselves starter houses
The LUUP provided material improvement and security of tenure to the low income families who would have otherwise been accommodated in the informal settlements void of basic services. The project established a revolving fund administered by the Lesotho Bank with the purpose of reinvesting the money in similar projects country-wide. In Lesotho's context this is an important step where self-reliance is vigorously promoted. Its broad principles, which encourages close coordination between Government agencies and the people, upgrading of services to ensure that local authorities ultimately sustain themselves through collection of taxes, will without reservation be replicated in many other secondary towns in Lesotho.
Mr.E. R. Mapetla, Managing Director
Lesotho Housing and Land Development Corporation (LHLDC)
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
John van Nostrand
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