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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Fikilia Lumliko Lwanzali’s Journey

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By Claude Dumulon-Lauziere and Rooftops Canada

Fikilia Lumliko Lwanzali is a 30-year-old single mother of an eight-year-old girl. She lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania while her daughter resides with her grandparents in a small village. Fikilia sells bananas and avocados for a living. The small room she rents constantly floods and is unsanitary. Fikilia’s hope is to be able to have a healthy and large enough home to bring her daughter to live with her.
Through WAT-Human Settlements Trust, Fikilia is now part of a group of families who were granted loans to buy surveyed plots of land. Fikilia has been to her plot three times. During her latest visit, she saw a few houses being constructed. This is motivating her to continue to work hard to pay off her first loan so that she can take a second loan and start building her house room by room. 
The opportunity to build and own a home which she can eventually leave to her daughter with legal title is a vital step in breaking the cycle of poverty.