Angola’s 27 year old civil war left the country in ruins, leaving hundreds of schools without desks and chairs. This sad reality is what inspired social start-up HabiTec to embark on a journey of recovering the industrial sector in the country. The start-up manufactures school furniture and building materials made from local wood.
“Using the large population of eucalyptus trees in Huambo, we produce high-quality desks, chairs and other wooden fittings to meet the growing demand of Angola’s expanding school system. In addition to providing a growing population with access to school equipment and furniture, we also include local communities in the replantation of new trees. 20 percent of our workforce are former soldiers with disabilities and many of our staff have been employed for the first time in their lives,” explains Felisberto Capamba, co-founder.
The furniture that the team provides has been helping create better schools. To date, they have furnished over a thousand classrooms, assisting more than a 100 schools in the country. In agreement with the Angolan government, the company makes desks, chairs, blackboards and other parts of school furniture as part of a rehabilitation program.
Habitec employs quite a number of people, including first time workers, former soldiers and disabled people.
“Most of the people on the team are from humble origins. We believe that we play an important role in helping to support families, offering people the opportunity to develop new skills that can be passed onto the next generation,” concludes the social entrepreneur.
Habitec is one of the three finalists representing Africa in the Chivas Regal The Venture competition. We wish them all the best!