Our Services

Ending Poverty

Housing cooperatives conduct businesses that boost member income to support their livelihoods and save for decent shelter. They also engage in urban agriculture projects to increase food security.

Cooperatives have information, education and training as one of their principles. They have the responsibility of educating their members in various aspects. As UHOCU, we build the capacity of Housing Cooperatives in areas such as financial management, cooperative management and governance.

Land is a critical factor in the production of housing. The constitution of Uganda states that land belongs to the citizens within the various land tenure systems including; customary, freehold, mailo and leasehold. However, the existence of multiple, over lapping land tenure systems and the power vested in people over land has led to land conflicts, evictions and fraud in the land sector. Weak enforcement of planning laws and regulations has also resulted in haphazard development and unplanned human settlements.

 UHOCU’s land and housing component focuses on creating awareness on the land rights and suitable land use methods for primary housing cooperatives. The Uganda National Land Policy (2013), the condominium law, the 1995 constitution of Uganda are all instruments that clearly spell out the land rights of men, women, children, slum dwellers and other groups. Due to limited availability of public, members of the housing cooperatives buy land from private individuals in order to establish planned housing estates for their members. The high levels of fraud and forgery of land titles, overlapping tenure systems particularly in the central region and the bureaucracy in the land offices has left some victims of land grabbing. UHOCU established the land and housing unit to support Primary housing cooperatives in land identification, land verification, title search and physical planning.

Advocating for the use of appropriate building technologies is not only a matter of preserving and protecting the environment;

It’s one way of suggesting alternative building ideas which are eco-friendly and cost effective in the sector of housing. About 200,000 homes are needed every year in both rural and urban areas in Uganda to house the annual population increase. Burned mud and clay bricks are among the most commonly used building materials and yet these have resulted in high deforestation, pollution and unmonitored clay extraction.

UHOCU conducts training in alternative building techniques in order to equip women, men and youth with non-conventional building techniques in the production of Interlocking stabilized soil blocks (ISSB), water, sanitation and roofing. Building teams within housing cooperatives are also equipped with basic skills in suitable landuse techniques, project costing, marketing, value addition and the development of business plans.

ISSblocks as an affordable and environmentally sustainable alternative to fired bricks are made from soil stabilized with 5% cement, compressed in manually operated machines and sun dried. ISSBs perform better than clay bricks by increasing the structural stability of built walls while reducing the amount of cement needed as mortar.

The Uganda Housing cooperative Union recognizes that whereas housing cooperatives have the potential to effectively provide housing especially for low income groups, there is greater impact in working together as stakeholders in the provision and delivery of housing services and infrastructure.

UHOCU has participated in global forums, regional networks and at National and local level. UHOCU has participated in Habitat III, UN governing councils as part of the East and Southern regional housing network where the Union is a member. UHOCU is also a member of the National Habitat Committee in Uganda. We work closely with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development.

Our Members

MEMBERSHIP

REGISTERED HOUSING COOPERATIVES UNDER UHOCU AS OF 2020

REGISTERED HOUSING COOPERATIVES UNDER UHOCU AS OF 2020

 

NAME OF HOUSING COOPERATIVE

DISTRICT/MUNICIPALITY

MALE

FEMALE

NO. OF MEMBERS

REG NO.

Nkokonjeru Caritas

Buikwe

24

25

49

9589/RCS

Nnongo

Buikwe

25

16

41

P. 5749/RCS

Kidokolo-Twezimbe

Buikwe

9

21

30

P. 6396/RCS

Kabizzi Wankwale

Buikwe

16

18

34

P. 5964/RCS

Ssunga

Buikwe

25

5

30

P.7157/RCS

Ngogwe Nyemerwa

Buikwe

16

14

30

P.7420/RCS

Nkokonjeu Tuzimbe

Buikwe

21

11

32

P.7682/RCS

Bundibugyo

Bundibugyo

33

23

56

P.9120/RCS

Awach Improved

Gulu

15

20

35

P.8728/RCS

Karibu

Kampala – Central

35

25

60

P.1832/RCS

Makerere Houses

Kampala – Central

26

15

41

 

Kwefako

Kampala – Central

4

30

34

P. 4771/RCS

MoLHUD

Kampala – Central

21

24

45

10097/RCS

Makindye-Galima

Kampala – Makindye

2

34

36

P. 6492/RCS

Banda Bisoboka

Kampala -Nakawa

19

13

32

P.7037/RCS

Banda Bisoboka

Kampala -Nakawa

19

13

32

P.7037/RCS

Kiwatule Bakozi

Kampala -Nakawa

19

15

34

P.7307/RCS

Our lady of charity Mulago III

Kampala – Kawempe

3

34

37

P.6369/RCS

Mulago Mama papa

Kampala -Kawempe

0

32

32

P.7680/RCS

Kawempe Kimombasa

Kampala -Kawempe

22

15

37

P.7401/RCS

Kawempe Ttula

Kampala -Kawempe

25

23

48

P.10709/RCS

Luwero Funewuwo

Luwero

22

25

47

P.6402/RCS

Polysack

Mukono

15

15

30

9149/RCS

Uganda Builders

Mukono

22

13

35

9096/RCS

Mukono Seeta

Mukono

26

25

51

9961/RCS

Buwambo

Wakiso

10

29

39

P.3429/RCS

Nabweru

Wakiso

20

23

43

9467/RCS

Wakiso

Wakiso

18

34

52

9782/RCS

Gayaza

Wakiso

20

24

44

P.4696/RCS

Kasangati

Wakiso

20

15

35

9818/RCS

Opulent

Wakiso

9

24

33

9872/RCS

Wakiso Destiny

Wakiso

25

7

32

P.7216/RCS

Parliamentarians

Wakiso

40

60

100

P.6278/RCS

Our Organogram

UHOCU ORGANOGRAM

The organogram is shown in the figure besides

Annual General Meeting

This is the supreme organ. It consists of all members and meets annually at a time suitable for the lodging of the annual returns and audited accounts with the registrar within three (3) months of the end of the Union’s financial year. It considers and approves the audited accounts and reports of the Union’s auditor and the committee reports, elect, suspend, reinstate or remove the members of the committee, fix maximum credit limit for a member, amend the by-laws, delegates all or any of the duties to a paid officer or employees, confirm admission of expulsion of member(s) in accordance with the By-law 10(b) chooses an auditor subject to approval by the registrar and approves the estimates for the ensuing year among others.

Board of Directors

UHOCU is governed by the Board of Directors (BoD) which acts on behalf of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) where it reports annually. It works independently, formulates and approves policies as well as organization systems. It consists of five members both male and female headed by the chairperson. The BoD is elected for a term of 2years, eligible for re-election but not more than two(2) consecutive terms.

Supervisory Committee

The Supervisory Committee(SUPCO) consists of three members and its headed by the chairperson. The SUPCO periodically evaluates the overall performance of the Uganda Housing Cooperative Union. Like the BoD, it works on behalf of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and answerable to it.

General Manager

UHOCUconsists of a secretariat headed by the General Manager who is also the secretary to the BoD. The GM has a line ofdepartments reporting directly to him/her. The departments include; Finance and Administration, Technical Department and Programmes. The management implements the relevant field activities and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Union. The General Manager and the departments implement BoD decisions and are responsible for the development programme/project, workplans, budgets and implementation of programmes. Management through the General Manager reports to the BoD.

Housing cooperatives conduct businesses that boost member income to support their livelihoods and save for decent shelter.

Contact

Plot 3936, Kisaasi, along Kisaasi - Kyanja road

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