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Urithi Launches A Sh. 400m Housing Project In Juja.

Urithi Housing Co-operative Society Ltd has launched a Ksh. 400 million housing initiative is only 2.2 km off Thika Superhighway in Juja Farm area, Kiambu County.

The project dubbed “Gem Juja” will be gated community project that will provide 150 housing units. A bungalow on a 60 sqm will cost Ksh.2.35m, a maisonette on 70 sqm will go for Ksh. 2.65m and a 4-roomed maisonette on 160 sqm will be sold at Ksh. 5.2 Million.

While addressing hundreds of members during the launch cum exhibition, Chairman Samuel Maina said his society constructed houses at half the market cost, with the buyers are required to raise 30% of the cost with the balance payable within 6 months.

“When we pull our resources together we are able to drastically reduce the cost of our houses by half or more than that. We want to build an integrated community concept where we have different people living in an enclave estate with the will cut down the cost of requisite amenities. Urithi want to create an enabling neighbourhood for people especially those heading for retirement age", he said.

He added that Urithi’s cherished goal was to ensure that rent payers become house owners in affordable and stress free arrangements by the society.

“The project is targeted to provide a housing solution to middle low income earners, giving them an opportunity to own a home or/and became a landlord. The concept has now been rolled out in Thika, Juja and Mombasa and will be spread in various counties in the country,” he said.

He added that building together in a society like Urithi would cut land price, cost of construction, pre-requisite approvals and professional work and provision of security. He said materials would be acquired at whole sale price.

Maina said security and infrastructural facilities would be the society drastically reducing cost. He said Urithi sold its products at cost since they were not commercial oriented by wanted to help disadvantaged Kenyans to own property.

“We are motivated by our members becoming better by acquiring property easily by staggering payment of the cost we ensure strict supervision of our project to ensure they are of high quality standards”, said Maina.
Gem housing was the first ever low cost project that was initially rolled out in Witeithie and Mang’u areas. 
The units comprises 1, 2, 3 & 4-bedroomed semi-detached houses.

“The idea of a gated community project is geared towards enhancing security. The project is well developed with water and electricity available. We shall give our members time to mobilise deposit and pay for their houses.”

Various exhibitors like Britam (Insurance), Mac Dental (Dental Care), Kishtech Green Energy (Solar Energy), Urithi Premier Sacco(finance), UNAITAS (Finance), Sarma Enterprise Ltd (Interior Designers and Decorators), and Sparkle (Interior Designers) and Kijiji Portable (Portable House Constructors), graced the colourful launch.

Sparkle Chief Interior Designer Susan W. Mundia commended Urithi for organising the exhibition. Maina said next time they would organise a bigger and better exhibition.

Present were Urithi Projects Manager Chege Gachoka, Corporate Communication Chief Wallace Mwaura and Marketing Director Gerald Mugo.

Others complete and ongoing Urithi projects around Juja are Juja Farm Rages, Juja Own A Room I & II, Juja – Plains View Annex and Nyumba Mia 1,2 & 3.

The ground breaking ceremony for Gem Juja will be held in July this year.
About a month or so ago launched ‘Nyumba Mia’ initiative in Lanet, Nakuru County that constituted of a 100 units of three-bedroom apartments at Sh3.7 million each.

In the Lanet project, members were supposed to register with Sh1,000 and later buy shares at Sh14,000.
Maina added that Urithi is not a profit-making organisation, but it a company helping ordinary Kenyans to buy land and build homes.

“We do not really advocate for Kenyans to take loans from banks to buy land or build houses because it is a long process and expensive,” Maina said.

He added that the houses would be built in a gated community to help promote the Nyumba Kumi neighbourhood watch initiative.

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