Iran to help Urithi put up cheap homes in Kenya

Iran to help Urithi put up cheap homes in Kenya...
mediamaxnetwork.co.ke 28/04/2017 Politics

Keywords:#Iran, #Iranian, #Kenya, #People

By People Daily
Date: April 28, 2017
Iranian ambassador to Kenya Dr Hadi Farajvand (right) and Urithi chairman Samuel Maina address the press. PHOTO: JAMES WAKAHIU

* * * James Wakahiu @peopledaily.Ke
The government of Iran will assist Kenya build cheaper houses using cheaper but good quality construction material.
Speaking during the discussion of partnership between the Iranian government and Urithi Housing Cooperative Society, Iranian ambassador to Kenya Dr Hadi Farajvand said Iran had good experience in building mass houses for low-income segment of the economy. “We will be sharing it with Kenya to ensure they reduce the cost of construction of houses,” he said.
Dr Farajvand said the Iranian government had built 1.8 million homes for its low-income population and 300, 000 more were under construction. “We produce every component of the housing project where hundreds of companies are engaged in fast construction and production of cheap and light material while still maintaining quality,” said the envoy.
This technology will be brought to Kenya to help in the local industry. “We want to transfer our technology, expertise and experience to Kenya so that we can reduce the final price of housing,” said Dr Farajvand.
Urithi chairman Samuel Maina said they aim at offering affordable housing solutions to Kenyans at large by using modern technology, which is cheap and fast to implement and is available in Iran. “We want to provide affordable housing solutions through purchase of cheap construction materials and home appliances from Iran,” said Maina. “We will be negotiating for better prices for our clients to ensure we have quality and variety more than what we have in the local market,” he added.
Urithi plans to put up 1, 000 units using the Iranian materials. Maina said the development will spur uptake of houses for the low-income earners in the economy thus addressing the housing shortage in the country.
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