The Casa Minha model fits squarely within the approved Partial Urbanization Plan (PPU) of Polana Caniço approved by the Maputo City Council in April 2015. The project area is zoned for residential housing.
At present, the project area is populated by shoddily built homes constructed with sub-standard materials. Most have tin roofs that are generally not well secured and few have internal bathrooms. There were almost no two-storey homes in the neighborhood so despite its proximity to the city, it is quite sparsely populated. Since people build what they can given the means they have available, there is no coherent planning or public spaces in the neighborhood.
Casa Minha is slowly changing all of this by building high quality, 2-3-storey homes in a phased and incremental manner without displacing anyone. Any family living in the project area that would like to participate, can do so.