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Shelter Afrique to develop large scale housing project in Rwanda

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Shelter Afrique CEO Andrew Chimphondah. PHOTO/COURTESY

Shelter Afrique has approved the development of the Kinyinya Park Estate Project- a 10,000 unit integrated and sustainable large scale housing project in Kigali, Rwanda.

Shelter Afrique has partnered with Ultimate Developers Limited (UDL), Eastern and Southern African Trade & Development Bank (TDB) and the Development Bank of Rwanda(BRD) in the project estimated to cost approximately $400 million. TDB has approved a facility worth $150 million to Shelter Afrique to support the first 2 phases of the project.

Making the announcement in Nairobi, Shelter Afrique Board Chairman Dr. Steve Mainda said the Company is committed to its 2019-2023 strategic goals, which focus on achieving both development impact on all large scale housing projects so as to achieve the creation of value for shareholders.

“We are committed to ensuring that the Company achieves its mandate of providing affordable housing across Africa by embracing viable public-private partnerships such as the Kinyinya Park Estate housing project,” Dr. Mainda said.

Commenting on the development, Shelter Afrique Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Chimphondah said that the sizeable housing deficit in Africa could only be addressed by undertaking large-scale housing development projects.

“It is the reason our strategy places a premium on Private-Public-Partnerships, which we believe are critical to delivering affordable housing. We are also exploring similar projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. We expect to have these projects replicated in most of our member countries going forward,” Mr. Chimphondah said.

The Kinyinya Park Estate project is Shelter Afrique’s second large-scale housing development project in Rwanda after the Company commissioned 3000 affordable housing units in Rugarama Park Estate in Kigali in June 2019.

The project is located in the Gasabo District, Kigali, Rwanda, approximately 7 kilometers from the proposed new Central Business District (CBD) at Muhima, and 8 kilometers away from the Kigali International Airport.

The project will ultimately be a 10,000-unit community developed by Shelter Afrique across 5 phases over 3 – 4 years, consisting of 10,000 affordable apartments and 200 units of commercial outlets including schools, shops, and business facilities.

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