28 Jul 2017

Habitat NZ looks to build financial literacy in Samoa

1:45 pm on 28 July 2017

A housing project in Samoa that helped rebuild hundreds of homes after Cyclone Evan is also training local families in financial literacy as part of the process.

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With US$800,000 ($1.2 million NZ) funding from the New Zealand government, Habitat for Humanity is building homes and teaching low-income families how to budget.

Habitat for Humanity's Jamila Homayun said she was struck by one new homeowner who said she could finally feel safe in her own home because she could lock the door.

Ms Homayun said it also growing resilience by helping people to organise their finances.

"We are in our final year now, and getting close to the end of that, and we are looking at training by the end of the project, over 350 families in financial literacy and reaching over 250 housing outcomes."

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