Indonesia photo-share: self-help housing in Depok

By: Duong Huynh, Project Manager

As part of the housing sector mission to Indonesia, I joined another colleague Matt Nohn, whose work focuses on incremental housing, and a team of staff from Indonesian Ministry of Housing to visit Depok. After a 1+ hour drive through some peaceful Indonesian peri-urban farm land, we landed in Depok to begin our tour of a few of the city’s self-help housing project.


Self-help housing belonging to a family of one working mom and three daughters.


Corrugated metal roofing, with wooden supporting structure.


Kitchen area, with some ventilation via hollowed tiles installed near ceiling – a very typical feature of Southeast Asian homes.


Bedroom wall. Cement bricks are exposed with no wall finishing. Dust from unfinished walls and floor affect air quality within the home. Thankfully, the home has good cross ventilation.


Squatting toilet and water basin in bathroom. Clean despite need for further finishing.


Working TV – an indispensable part of the home, despite each family’s financial status.


Homeowner, in purple, washes clothing for a living. With the government’s self-help grant, she was only able to finish the structural part of the home. Asked whether she would prefer a smaller, but finished, home, she states the need for larger space because of her three daughters.


Clean and paved path within the neighborhood.


Paved road allows motor vehicles to easily access the neighborhood.



Within the neighborhood, villas intermix with middle and low income housing.


Another self-help housing unit. Smaller, but with more internal finishing.


Internal finishing of second self-help home. Due to narrowness of land plot, this home has poorer ventilation.


Bungalow style community classroom next to the second self-help home. There is a tangible air of community cohesion in this neighborhood.


View from the back of the second self-help home. Many of this peri-urban/rural homes are located in favorable areas, with good access to infrastructure and natural landmarks, such as this stream where village men have set up fishing nets.

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