MATERIA focusses on three asset classes: Affordable Housing, Integrated Housing and Social Infrastructure

MATERIA focuses on three asset classes which provides a well-diversified exposure to the development dynamics of each territory …

MATERIA Affordable Housing Fund

Africa has the fastest growing cities in the world, with 40% of the continent’s one billion people living in town and cities (UN Habitat); and it is estimated that in the next few years, some African cities will be home to as much as 80% of their country’s population. Over 90% of them are not able to access the existing housing market and hence are either renting or living in informal dwellings offering appalling conditions. Affordable Housing in Africa is not only a huge issue, but also an incredible scalable opportunity.

The Materia Urban Housing Fund (MUHF) leverages strong relationship within the target countries, proprietary deals, partnerships with leading investment groups bringing expertise and network in the financial services that underpin real estate and finally innovative design/construction methods that deliver inexpensive starter houses, which can then be expanded by residents over time as their family expanded and/or as their income allows. Each houses is modular and built by a variety of materials depending on what local conditions make more convenient.

MUHF is geared to create scalable impact projects built on novel technology & design to leverage a clear first-mover advantage and create high-barriers to entry. MUHF aims to become the regional leader in the development of large affordable housing communities across Africa.

Integrated Housing Communities

As various multinational corporates continue to invest across diverse regions of Africa, there is a growing demand for quality and economic housing solutions for foreign and local families alike. MATERIA pioneers a new method of planning and building for the residential needs of corporate employees, fostering an atmosphere of social inclusion among residents of diverse cultural backgrounds. Innovative housing is developed to introduce cost-effective and sustainable housing modules addressing relevant concerns for security and quality of life while pioneering new methods of passive ventilation.

Schooling & Social Infrastructure

MATERIA’s concern for creating communities that can thrive for generations result in its key focus on the schooling & social infrastructure at the core of each community that MATERIA builds.

These involves schools, community projects and mixed-use projects that strengthen the social fabric and pose the basis for self-sustainable developments in the long-term.

The first school campus was developed in partnership with Enko Education, providing a perfect prototype for more schools to be developed for AUHF and beyond.