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South Africa

Reall has operated in South Africa since 1993, and pursued our more commercial approach since 2014.

Between 1994 and 2017, almost 3m homes were built for low income households as part of a massive government-subsidised programme aimed at providing decent shelter, increasing home ownership and reversing the spatial divisions which are a legacy of apartheid. However, housing affordability remains a critical challenge. In 2018, the cheapest newly built house from a private developer was only affordable to 34% of urban households. Massive potential exists in the lower end of the housing market, combined with improved access to finance.

Reall partnered with The Kuyasa Finance Company, which was unique in the Reall network in that it focused exclusively on providing home improvement loans, of which over 35,000 were extended since the organisation’s inception. Typically, loans were used to extend existing homes, or for improvements such as security, sanitation, and repairs to flooring and roofing. Kuyasa’s clients were unusual in that the majority were pensioners and female, and as such particularly vulnerable.

In 2019, Reall began the process of transitioning out of South Africa to better focus on priority countries.

People Housed 43,065
Jobs Created 6,152
People with Improved Water 43,065
People with Improved Sanitation 43,065
Women and Children Housed 34,452
Number of Projects 8

Delivery of Homes

Other Products

improvement loans
Total Expected
In Progress

Client Data

Household Demographic Data
Household Size
Proportion Female
Proportion Children
Proportion Elderly

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Data last updated on 30/06/2022