In Lilongwe, Malawi, women are stepping up and staking their claim as contractors. At this point, 30 women have constructed over 200 units for a large scale affordable housing development called Likuni Meadows. In an article on URB.im, they describe these women as not being credited engineers or project managers.
“ Instead, they are ordinary mothers and grandmothers, many of whom were not able to complete their schooling. They all share financial discipline, work ethic, and the ability to think outside the box.”
They have worked very hard to climb up the ladder within their informal settlements of Lilongwe to get to this point. The female contractors collect five percent of the construction cost and have typically invested this money back into their families.
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