Welcome to Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia
The Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) consist of 1,036 saving groups, with a total number of 32,264 members in 14 regions of Namibia. Members altogether saved over N$ 34 million by June 2021.
Community saving is the SDFN cornerstone to organize communities and the development of households participating in the SDFN saving groups. Each group manages its own savings account. When there are sufficient funds, the group may put a deposit on a piece of land. The local authorities should provide land, but this is still the main obstacle. Payments for the land are made to the respective local authorities over a ten-year period. The saved money can also be used to meet basic and daily needs as well as to secure further funding. Every six months each group is visited by members of another group for an “audit” of their saving books.
The activities of NHAG/SDFN have a visible impact on women empowerment in Namibia. Women largely and actively participate in all federation activities, within all 14 regions of Namibia. The processes of forming saving groups, engaging in community-based land tenure and upscaling informal settlement upgrading, have been mainly driven by women. In June 2021 of the 32,264 members, 21,685 were women. Women have been empowered through active participation in SDFN activities, which has given the opportunity to break away from top-down leadership that had traditionally made people apathetic.
Private Sector Engagement
increased and significant contribution in private sector funding towards the construction of houses. Currently the following companies contributed not only to the construction of houses but also assisted the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia with technical and capacity building: Standard Bank of Namibia through its Buy-a-Brick Initiative; MTC and Huawei contributing significantly to the Buy-a-Brick Initiative; FirstRand Namibia Foundation through RMB Namibia; The Harold Pupkewitz Foundation; Ohorongo Cement; Neo Paints and B2Gold (Otjikoto Mine).