In order to view RS-Spotter you need Flash Player 9+ support!

Get Adobe Flash player

Saccos have big role in creating 275 Kenyan home owners daily

SACCOs have big role in creating 275 Kenyan home owners daily

Provision of affordable and decent homes is a priority for the government in achieving Vision 2030 and meeting the constitutional right to decent housing and sanitation.
If that is achieved, Kenya will have attained Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 10, which aims at making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
A key area in the implementation of the Medium-Term Plan III, which is part of the ‘Big Four’ agenda, is a commitment to creation of 500,000 home owners in the next five years — an average of 275 everyday.
Growth of the housing market is, however, hampered by financing constraints.

First is the rising costs of housing developments, which compel potential developers to acquire debt. That negatively weighs on total financing, considering the potential delays in acquiring construction permits and other processes.
The other is access to finance. Kenya’s mortgage penetration rate is low — 3.15 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015 — hence, the few institutions offering mortgages tend to serve high- and middle-income clients with clear credit records, sidelining the low-income bracket.
Consequently, majority of informal sector borrowers are inclined towards incremental financing and self-construction loans, which are mainly provided by cooperative societies.
Cooperatives play a crucial role in providing affordable shelter by bridging the gap in the housing finance market in Kenya. Some good examples are National Cooperative Housing Union (NACHU) and Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Ltd (KUSCCO), which finance long-term mortgages for individuals and societies and also offer several advantages.

For instance, most of the savings and credit co-operative societies (SACCOs) offer large amounts of shorter medium-term loans for as little as 12 per cent per annum. Besides, SACCO loans are typically unsecured — at least not secured with a mortgage line over a property — and are more easily accessible for up to thrice the cooperator’s savings.
Housing SACCOs also reduce burdens by pooling resources for land purchase and provide finances for construction. Sometimes they also act as full developers in the case of projects ranging from 10 to several hundred units.
There are 1,980 housing and investment cooperatives in Kenya with an asset base of Sh21 billion providing over 10,000 housing loans, a 10th of them mortgages. Sacco-financed housing is estimated at 90 per cent with banks providing the remainder.
With a membership of 14 million, SACCOs have a significant potential to bridge the housing gap.


ISO 9001


We commit to consistently promote SACCOs through advocacy and provision of quality technical and financial products that exceed the members’ expectations.
We shall comply with the statutory requirements and actively pursue continuous improvement of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) processes, capabilities and effectiveness.
In pursuit of our commitment we shall ensure that the quality policy and objectives that have been established and communicated to the Union employees shall be reviewed annually in accordance with the stipulated framework and quality standards.”