Providing quality and sustainable housing
for poverty stricken communities
in Tanzania

Mama Dora

Mama Dora owned a small plot of land but owing to a lack of sustained income, she was unable to utilise it's potential. In 2010, Mama Dora and her family were in the process of being evicted from their home. After taking a look around Mama Dora's land, Zac and Max were able to develop some ideas and the second project was born.

The Project

dora.jpgDuring a trip to Arusha in 2013 Zac and Max visited a Mama Dora, a middle-aged woman living in Duka Bovu, a small village on the far western outskirts of Arusha. Thanks to Adam Matasso, a local Tanzanian and a very close friend of Zac, who works for Project Rehema (a local NGO); Zac and Max were introduced to Mama Dora and her family.

Similar to Mama Mary, Mama Dora owned a small plot of land but owing to a lack of sustained income, she was unable to utilise it's potential. In 2010, Mama Dora and her family were in the process of being evicted from their home. They were fortunate to receive the support of Project Rehema, who were able to accommodate them in cheap housing close to their original home. However, due to rising accommodation costs across Tanzania, Project Rehema has been looking for alternative solutions to Mama Dora's situation.

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With this, Adam chose to introduce Zac and Max to Mama Dora and see if there could be a way to improve and sustain her family's quality of life. After taking a look around Mama Dora's land, Zac and Max were able to develop some ideas and the next project was born.


Mama Dora cares for four orphans, Maria, Emanuela, Joshua and Ezekiel. The House that Zac Built has now completed the construction of a three roomed house, with an outside toilet and shower room. Mama Dora enjoys her new house, and the freedom which comes along with not having to keep up with rent. Mama Dora rents one of her rooms out for a small amount each month. Although it doesn't pay much, it is still plenty to sustain her and her family. Here is a picture of the house once it was completed. 

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