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Two Innovative Financing Models For Housing Development
Nairobi, Kenya


Acorn Holdings Limited (“Acorn”) is a Kenya-based fully integrated real estate business – with in-house development, operations, and financing – specializing in purpose-built student accommodations in the country’s capital, Nairobi. With seven operational projects totaling more than 5,000 beds, Acorn is one of the largest real estate operators in Africa and is on track to double their portfolio over the next three years.

While the company is over 20 years old, Acorn has been able to fund its recent growth with two innovative new approaches to funding, including the issuance of Kenya's first ever "green housing bond" in 2019 and the launch of two real estate investment trusts (a development REIT and an investment REIT) in 2021 – the development REIT is the first of its kind in the world. We learn more about the Kenya housing market, Acorn's development strategy, and the two financing models with Acorn’s Chief Investment Officer, Raghav Gandhi, who is also the Managing Director of Acorn’s Investment Arm, Acorn Investment Management Limited. 

Presented on The Housing Innovation Collaborative’s educational YouTube series, "The Essential Housing Campaign".

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