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.

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

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Corrugated metal roofing, with wooden supporting structure.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Clean and paved path within the neighborhood.

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Paved road allows motor vehicles to easily access the neighborhood.

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

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

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

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

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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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