International Finance Corporation (IFC) has partnered with pan-African finance organisation, Letshego Namibia, to increase access to affordable housing finance for thousands of people in Namibia with the potential to expand its partnership to other countries.
IFC’s $50 million (about P557mn) financing facility to Letshego’s subsidiary in Namibia will extend access to affordable housing finance for over 4,000 Namibians. “Our strategic purpose is clear – we want to improve lives across the communities where we operate,” said Andrew Okai, Group Chief Executive of Letshego Holdings Limited.
“Increasing access to simple and appropriate financial solutions, for more individuals and small business owners, will enable us to deliver on this promise. “By partnering with global institutions like IFC, who share our vision of achieving social impact through sustainable commercial strategies, we can unlock exponential value and potential for us to do more. This is truly an exciting partnership. We appreciate the support, synergy and partnership that IFC brings to our strategy,”
Although 78 percent of Namibians have a bank account, only 12 percent of households have mortgage-financed homes. The majority of Namibians do not qualify for mortgages from commercial banks because they are often unaffordable. “By supporting partners like Letshego to increase the availability of affordable housing loans, we hope to enable more individuals to access quality housing in Namibia,” said Adamou Labara, IFC’s Country Manager for Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
IFC works with partners across Africa to help increase access to affordable housing, including supporting the development of sustainable and responsible mortgage markets. Letshego Group is an African retail services organisation with operations in 11 markets in sub-Saharan Africa.