Designed by Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects in Moshi, Tanzania, Shelter House was commissioned by the Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (KWIECO). Founded in 1987, KWIECO aims to ensure equality and access to justice for women and children in order to foster human rights, economic justice, and gender equality.

The architecture of Shelter House respects local culture and spatial hierarchy. Local materials, renewable energies, local manpower and know-how are used, as well as participatory planning. to ensure that users have a sense of mental ownership in the shelter. To minimize reliance on electricity in the daytime, the architects installed roof windows and recycled glass bottles to bring natural light into the rooms. Water is heated using low-tech solar heaters. Local natural materials, such as bamboo and banana leaves were used to construct the ceilings and doors.

Shelter House will also host new facilities for KWIECO, to ensure and stabilise its operations.

Read more on how this sustainable social programme improves lives its local community.