A group of women residing in Nairobi slums are appealing to well-wishers and partners to help them construct homes on four acres of land they bought in Limuru.
They took Sh12 million loan from KCB bank in July 2015 to buy the land for construction of flats.
The women who started Diamond Women of Kenya group in 2014, said the quest for decent housing pushed them to start the welfare group.
The over 500 women said they are tired of living in squalid conditions in slums and want to have privacy.
“As a woman in the slums, life is unbearable. Living in a single small mabati room with your family is simply dehumanizing. We want to see ourselves in our own houses,” said Mary Njuguna the group’s chairperson.
However, since then, the women said they have been able to repay a total of sh 12 million but struggling with the balance of shs 4.5 million which is the interest.
Before the Covid -19 pandemic hit the world, the women met KCB Bank officials led by Lucy Wakagii a relationship manager from KCB Moi Avenue branch.
“We are struggling to repay this money because of the current harsh economic situation. Our current monthly remittances are shs 357,920. The Bank has written several letters to the officials because the members have defaulted,” said the groups Treasurer Winnie Njoroge.
KCB bank has already written a demand letter to the group.
“I don’t want Auctioneers to be involved in this matter. They may sell your land at a throw away price. The bosses in the Bank have been hard on me and that is why I called this meeting. Please contribute even as low as shs 50, it will help offset the balance,” said Miss Wakagii from the Bank.
The Groups Patron, Maendeleo ya Wanawake Chairperson Martha Miyandazi appealed to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection to consider such groups and give them some money.
“Most women who are casual workers are not earning anything because many places have closed. If the Ministry can consider giving as the shs 4 million to cushion as from the effects of the Covid -19, we will appreciate,” she said.
The women also appealed to Real Eastate Companies to consider helping them pay off the loan to secure their title deed and partner with them so that they can put up descent houses.
Chairperson Mary Njuguna appealed to the bank not to involve auctioneers.
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