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Date 19/09/2014

Lafarge Indonesia Commits to Support North Sumatera’s Effort in Fulfilling Housing Needs through Rumahku Program

The Rumahku program was initiated by Lafarge Indonesia in 2011 and has become one of the company's implementation of its commitment to provide solutions to cities which are continuously growing along with the economic and demographic growth. "Data from the Habitat for Humanity indicates that the housing backlog in Aceh has reached more than 420,000, followed by North Sumatera that reached 250,000 annually, "said Antony Ricolfi, Country CEO Lafarge Indonesia.    

Antony Ricolfi emphasized that the increasing challenges that cities around the world continuously facing, including in Indonesia, has encouraged Lafarge Indonesia, as part of a global group of companies, to not only produce and offer products but also provides solutions to build better cities. In Indonesia, particularly in Northern part of Sumatera, we materialize this commitment by developing the Rumahku program, a program that provides solution for affordable housing ownership established through partnerships between Lafarge Indonesia with some banks , micro finance institutions, retailers and contractors, as well as with the Indonesian Association of Architects," he said. Along with the dynamics of city growth, on September 10, 2014, Lafarge Indonesia signed memorandum of understanding with B-Panel, Architecture Department of University of North Sumatera and Bank Muamalat Indonesia.

 

Antony Ricolfi emphasized that the partnership with these three institutions will strengthen the integrated service provided to those who are involved in the area of construction. "B-Panel itself is proven to be able to develop various kinds of panel that are light in weight, resistant to earthquake, as well as able to isolate sound and temperature, " said Antony Ricolfi. "Through this partnership we will commence producing B-Panel with materials from Semen Andalas for northern part of Sumatera market, " said Antony Ricolfi.

 

With the collaboration, Antony Ricolfi stated that the cost of house building could be more affordable with the application of B-Panel technology, but on the other hand, still maintain the prime quality of Semen Andalas. Through partnership with Universitas Sumatera Utara, Antony Ricolfi emphasized that consumers of Rumahku could obtain technical support in designing their homes from the architects graduated from the university who join the program. Under the same initiative, Lafarge also provides wide opportunity for the final semester students or the graduates to work or participate as intern in Lafarge Indonesia. They are expected to be more ready in building better cities with the knowledge obtained from Lafarge Indonesia.

 

The financial support that the Rumahku program could provide, is also getting stronger having Bank Muamalat in the list of partners as a respected financial institution that could provide support to consumers from specific segment that prefer to have syaria scheme. "The partnership allows consumers to have more choice in selecting the financial institution they seek to support them in obtaining houses," said Antony Ricolfi. Within 2013, Rumahku has recorded a total of 1093 beneficiaries of micro credit, particularly in North Sumatera and Aceh. This amount is considered to be relatively low compared to the backlog of housing in these two areas.

 

"In a larger context, we expect that the partnership will provide wider access to consumers in obtaining affordable housing, as part of our commitment to build better cities, especially related to solutions for affordable and appropriate housing," said Antony Ricolfi.    

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