According to the 2013 Census, there were 100,000 people living in overcrowded and sub-standard housing in Counties Manukau. Mason and Rose were one such family who lived in the garage on a property that housed another family of seven.  

The garage had unlined walls and was extremely damp and very exposed to wind and rain. Mason and Rose were both suffering from emotional stress due to their living situation.

“Monte Cecilia gave us somewhere to live temporarily and a saving scheme that we probably wouldn’t have done. Most importantly they provided us with a beautiful house to live in temporarily.”

Monte’s financial literacy and savings programme meant they were able to save money. They are now heading to Australia and hope to achieve their goal of buying a house and raising a family in their own home.