Delegates of the 32nd Annual Conference of the African Union for Housing Finance drove into the premises of the GrandLuvu Estate, Masaka on a site visit on Saturday morning, the 17th of September, 2016
The visit which was part of events to round off the 32nd Annual Conference of the Forum was held in partnership with Lafarge/NMRC at the PTDF Centre, Abuja, Nigeria, from 14th -16th of September, 2016. The event was an eventful one as the delegates had a first-hand opportunity to see what affordable housing in Nigeria looked like
Having sat through a 3-day Conference themed: ‘Housing and Africa’s Growth Agenda’ , which addressed several issues ranging from; The potential of public-private partnerships to unlocking hidden potentials; The challenges of funding the mortgage portfolio; The opportunities to be found in rental housing and housing microfinance; and the strategies to address the challenge of affordability amongst others, the delegates could not hide their excitement at the beautiful and serene layout of the 400-Unit Estate. More so, having driven through previous projects amongst which is the 108-Unit Fuller Estate at Luvu developed by Millard Fuller Foundation (MFF).
The CEO, MFF, Mr. Sam Odia who delivered a paper at the Conference titled: Overcoming Challenges to Housing Affordability: The Fuller Experience accompanied the delegates alongside Mr. Emmanuel Abonta, the Head of Finance, MFF.
After a brief introduction and address by the CEO, MFF, and Manager, Affordable Housing at Lafarge Africa, Mr. Aurelien O. Boyer, the delegates were taken on a tour of the facilities by Mr. Jonathan Mathias of the Project Delivery Unit. The delegates saw the Basic Shell (Studio and 1BR), the Expanded and fully finished 1BR and 2BR and the finished studio and 1BR . The climax of the site visit was a home visit/interactive session with Mrs. Naomi, a teacher by profession and one of the home owners at Estate.
The African Union for Housing Finance is a member-based association of mortgage banks, building societies, housing corporations and other organizations involved in the mobilization of funds for shelter and housing on the African continent.