Habitat for Humanity Kenya and Procter and Gamble (P&G), East Africa) began working together in June 2016, when they signed a collaboration agreement through Habitat for Humanity International to support a children’s home around Nairobi City. P&G is committed to touching and improving consumers’ lives every day through its brands. P&G is also committed to social investment in its countries of operation. Some of its social responsibility programs in Kenya include; Always Keeping Girls in School, Children’s Safe Drinking Water, Pampers Baby Care Hospital Program and Mobile Clinics and Employee volunteering amongst many.
The partnership between the two organizations has grown and both organizations have decided to extend their services to Narok County’s, Oloigero Primary School, in the Maasai Mara region to construct a dormitory for rescued girls. Construction will commence in February 2019.
Dow, the first corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, over the last 30 years has contributed to the construction of more than 25,000 homes in over 20 countries worldwide. Dow has engaged in a holistic approach with Habitat for Humanity, making building possible through funding programs, by donating products that deliver reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions and through significant volunteer support, which is needed to bring these projects to life.
DOW Kenya has been supporting and partnering with HFHK since 2012 where they constructed 25 homes for the internally displaced persons in Maai Mahiu. They have also engaged in more than a dozen of builds in Eldama Ravine, Bomet and currently in Mukima and Rumuruti Laikipia County. Dow envisions a holistic, human centered design to solving the housing challenges with an aim of constructing low cost quality houses meeting the required standards by improving the housing conditions for the vulnerable elderly, orphans and vulnerable children in the community and working with the community by involving them in the house construction, WASH (Water & Sanitation) solutions, trainings and capacity building process.
In 2012, Habitat for Humanity Canada, Habitat for Humanity International and the Mastercard Foundation partnered to implement a six-year project “Building Assets, Unlocking Access” in Africa. This project is carried out by the Terwilliger Center and aims to provide technical assistance to leading financial institutions in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.
In February 2014, the Terwilliger Center entered into a partnership with KWFT to support the development of viable housing products to low-income families. KWFT is one of the largest deposit taking microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Kenya, in terms of market share, number of branches and size of loan portfolio. KWFT serves their customers using the group lending model of microcredit where women form groups which meet on a monthly basis to mobilize savings and are able to access credit by members co-guaranteeing each other.
KWFT developed their HMF product, called the Nyumba Smart Loan, which includes a HMF component with non-financial housing support services (HSS). HSS are the provision of non-financial services in the form of technical assistance or construction advice that are provided to clients as part of the housing loan package. The pilot of the Nyumba Smart Loan product was launch on 10th November 2014 for a period of six months in a total of four branches across two regions in Kenya, namely Central Eastern region (Matuu branch and Machakos branch), and South Nyanza region (Awendo branch and Ndhiwa branch). As a result of this pilot, KWFT rolled-out the Nyumba Smart Loan product across the country in June 2015. Selected branches were excluded to act as ‘control’ branches.
To date KWFT has disbursed 60, 402 loans valued over US $40,561,428.93 to its customers across the country with an average loan size of about US$600.
- Superfoam Ltd
- Samsung Kenya
- Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Nairobi
- Swiss Lenana Hotel, Nairobi
- Housing Finance Group
- Family Media
- Royal Media Services
- ISK(International School of Kenya)
- Safaricom/Mpesa foundation
- Lafarge holcim
- Express money
- Pamoja Trust
- MACS Child Care Centre