The construction subsidiary, known as the Kenya Building Society (KBS), has already embarked on the construction of a residential housing project dubbed Komarock Phase 5A in Nairobi’s Eastlands area.
KBS was a key player in the Kenyan property development market in the 1980s and 1990s before it became dormant for more than a decade until its revival on Wednesday, May 9.
“The investment through the Kenya Building Society is part of the government’s plan to provide adequate and affordable housing in partnership with other stakeholders,” Housing minister Soita Shitanda said during the groundbreaking event at the construction site in Komarock estate.
Housing Finance plans to use the subsidiary, which developed the existing phases of Komarock and Buru Buru estates, to build houses for the mass market.
“We are looking to partner with land owners to construct housing units to meet the rising demand especially from the middle and low income earners in the country,” Housing Finance managing director Frank Ireri said.
Early last year, Housing Finance launched a house construction package targeting land owners where it hires builders to construct homes while the land owners meet the cost in a mortgage-type arrangement.