Habitat for Humanity Kenya (HFH Kenya) supports market based approaches and facilitates better functioning housing markets to enable more families access to improved shelter and contribute to reduction of housing poverty in Kenya.
Market-based approaches can achieve large-scale impact because of the ability to self-replicate successful business models. HFH Kenya focuses on small test projects to determine a case for different models.
HFH Kenya supports sustainable solutions by strengthening the abilities of housing market actors we work with thereby ensuring the solutions are aligned with market incentives. This therefore ensures the business delivering the product is able to recover its costs and generate some profit , confirming that the product and services are appropriate to low income households.
HFH Kenya is cognisant of the role played by community infrastructure which in return supports community driven efforts and solutions like saving groups, cooperatives and other social networks that enable families access services and information.
Additionally, the organization supports development, piloting and scaling of integrated market based housing programs that enable market players expand availability, access, and use of quality affordable housing products and services that enable families build stronger, safer, higher quality housing more quickly.
Under it’s Save ‘n’ Build program, HFH Kenya seeks to support market functions that will enable low income households accumulate savings to build incrementally. Key areas of focus include:
- Information/feedback gap between suppliers of material/solutions/services and home owners on available solutions and demand.
- Capacity of low income families and fundis to build quicker, stronger, safer, higher quality housing.
- Appropriate financial services to finance home improvement and construction (saving, credit and insurance).
- Skills and professionalization of fundis to deliver quality construction and renovations.
- Last-mile distribution of construction materials to rural and peri-urban areas.