Pan African housing financier, Shelter Afrique, has today signed a Ksh1.16 billion line of credit with Senegal’s Teyliom Group for the construction of affordable housing units in the West African state.
The fund will go towards the development of affordable housing with the world-class Diamniadio Lake City designed to ease the congestion in the capital, Dakar.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, Shelter Afrique Chief Executive Officer Andrew Chimphondah lauded the long and successful history the Company has had with Senegal and with Teyliom Group.
“We have remained committed to financing Real Estate projects that promote innovation and affordability since 1989 and we have so approved 25 projects for a total of $56 million in the country. Some of the notable projects we have funded in that time are Grand Mbao-Senegal (Phase 3) in March 2002 for FCFA 1 billion, the Espace Ouakam in November 2006 for FCFA 690 million and Al Azhar in March 2009 for FCFA 400 million,” Mr. Chiphondah said.
The deal with Teyliom Group is the first significant project Shelter Afrique has embarked on in Senegal since 2016 and is the second transaction the Company is making with the Teyliom Group.
“In in March 2008, Shelter Afrique extended a line of FCFA 1.92 billion. We are happy with this partnership with Teyliom Group because it has proved to be a reliable and trustworthy partner,” Mr. Chimphondah added.
Also speaking at the signing ceremony, Teyliom Group Chief Executive Mr. Yigo Faly Thiam said the investment was timely as there is a growing housing demand in Senegal.
“Shelter Afrique is the kind of partner Teyliom Group needs to support our quest for the provision of affordable housing to Senegalese citizens. We are happy to work with them and other partners in providing housing for the growing housing market,” Mr. Thiam said.
When complete, the project is expected to deliver large- scale affordable housing of 3,439 units with selling prices starting at USD 26,000 for more than 20,000 individuals and create more than 3,000 jobs, with a sizable number of those being held by women.
The high-density estate has been designed to be comfortable, convenient & and dignified. It will have public parks, community buildings, shopping centres, health facilities, and schools.
“The project is demonstrative of the guiding principles of Shelter Afrique over the last couple of years. Our 2019-2023 strategy promotes the development of large-scale housing units of nothing less than 1000 units, Teyliom Group project ticks that box,” Mr. Chimphondah said.