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Nothing compares to having a Home in Nairobi Metropolis

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BY GEORGE WACHIURI

I was walking in the City of Nairobi and only after a short distance, I bumped across this friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen for over 10 years. In a span of 5 minutes, he had shared his story with me on how he had been kicked out of his house after having a myriad or obstacles, including some challenge with his marriage.

He had a home but as it is today, he is in a small house and unable to raise rent. What happened? Maybe he listened to some wrong advice or was unable to handle his family responsibilities properly. We may need an FB live talk on this and what families must do to side-step such avoidable conflicts.

But for now, allow me to jump straight to my topic of the day, why it is vital to have a home in Nairobi.

Nairobi metropolis includes all surroundings such as Kiambu, Kitengela, Machakos and others . These areas has a population of almost 10 million people, according to the recent national census.

So, here are some of the top benefits of having a home in Nairobi:

1. You say Kwaheri to monthly rent:
This is one thing that many Kenyans always trusted God for. I still remember sharing a bedsitter in Pangani, where I was accommodating seven of my campus friends. The landlord was always at my door on every 1st of the month. It was tough as the salary was always meager and irregular.

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Today, I celebrate every customer who has built a home for their family. When I look at the homes that are mushrooming at Victory Gardens Phase 1, 2, 3 & 4, I thank God and share in the joy of our customers. Have a peep at the progress being made by these customers courtesy of their partnership with Optiven https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/victory-gardens-kitengela/

2. A home gives satisfaction and promotes self-worth to the owners:
Owning a home is a sure sign of comfort. Owning one in Nairobi, the economic hub of East Africa, is the ultimate joy and source of true comfort.

We, at Optiven have opted to partner with hundreds of customers to facilitate their dream of owning homes in Nairobi and its surroundings a reality.

The idea of offering our customers a solid two years’ installment plan exemplifies Optiven’s commitment to helping our customers to own homes.

We are looking at sharing happiness with hundreds of people. This year, we started off with signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Equity Bank, consequently enabling many to pay only 10% deposit and get an whooping 90% payment done by the bank, which is released within 7 days. What’s more, no penalties on faster payment. Now most of you reading this article can own a property on 18-hole, par 72 golf course along the famous Thika Superhighway. https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/luxurious-thika-superhighway-properties/

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3. Having a home in Nairobi means having Peace of mind:

With a home in Nairobi, you rest knowing that retirement is sorted and that you have a sure bet to rest and relax at your sundowner age. To many, this is a dream come true and to Optiven, we care for all categories to ensure that ownership of a home is an easy reality.

We offer properties from as low as 399k to 695k (Hekima, Rafiki), https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/peace-gardens-mweiga-nyeri-county/

Medium cost 1.295M to 2.295M (Garden of Joy Machakos , Victory Gardens Kitengela https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/garden-of-joy-machakos/

And higher level 3.8M to 9.6M (Amani Ridge, Luxurious Superhighway Plots-Thika Greens)

https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/amani-ridge-the-place-of-peace-kiambu/

Plus ready made houses through our sister company (www.pmcestates.co.ke)

Our wish for you is to offer you a request to join the Optiven movement and be part of those being celebrated. If you still want to join the vision, you can use the Optiven app & become an independent sales agent. How do you do that?
Call: 0741 700 700
Office: 0790300300


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Cry of a Kenyan man whose Multi-Million-Shilling Apartments have gone unoccupied for 4 Years

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A landlord in Kenya has been left counting losses after his real estate retirement plan goes down the drain.

85-year-old David Ndolo from Kitengela told the media that he had lost more than Ksh10 million in rent after his multimillion apartment block stayed unoccupied for 4 years.

Ndolo says he built the multi-million-shilling property in Kitengela, Kajiado County through his pension savings. Its construction was completed in 2014.

The building consists of five bedsitters and 19 two-bedroom houses, which should earn him a total of Sh250,000 per month.

“I have watched helplessly as my retirement investment crumbles,” he lamented.

According to neighbors, his tenants started fleeing due to sewer water suspected to be coming from an adjacent building linked to a retired government official.

Ndolo’s troubles began in 2014 when over 200 tenants occupied the adjacent building and sewer water started seeping into his apartments.

He says he reported the matter to the National Environmental Management Authority and public health officials but the authorities closed the building instead.

His daughter Roselyn Ndolo said that officials ordered the closure citing that the apartments were a health hazard.

When contacted by journalists, Kitengela Public Health Officer Benard Kiluva stated that he did not have enough information on the matter since he was recently posted to the area.

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Kajiado NEMA Director Joseph Kopejo promised to visit the site to probe the matter.

Government officials say Many landlords in the country have been contravening these provisions by either discharging untreated effluent into a public sewer or discharging it into the environment without an effluent discharge license.

“According to Kenyan law, it is illegal for  any person from discharging any effluent from sewer treatment works, industry or other sources into the environment without a valid effluent discharge license issued by the authority,” said a NEMA official.

 


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Kenyans in Diaspora to get a free ride from the Airport courtesy of Certified Homes

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Your developer of choice Certified Homes Ltd is offering Kenyans working and living in the diaspora FREE ride from the airport to their destinations within Nairobi metropolitan.

Certified Homes Ltd is the first developer in Kenya specialising in affordable houses to offer all Kenyans in diaspora rides from the airport free of charge.

On arrival the diasporans will receive special gift hampers courtesy of Certified Homes Ltd.
Have a look at Sukari Heights comprising of Studio, 2 & 3 br plus SQ apartments starting from Ksh 2.7M located in the most exclusive Kahawa Sukari neighborhood.

 

To book your free ride;
Call/WhatsApp +254711128128
Email: diaspora@certifiedhomes.co.ke
www.certifiedhomes.co.ke


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Top athlete turns to jiko-making to beat pandemic

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They say a man must do what a man must do.

This idiom has become a reality to Dominic Samson Ndigiti, the reigning Africa U20 10,000 metres walk race champion and former World U17 10,000 metres walk race bronze medalist during the Covid-19 times.

Ndigiti, who has won Kenya a gold medal at the Africa Under-20 Championships held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, has been crisscrossing the country, doing what he now loves to do most: Making affordable, energy-saving jikos – charcoal cooking stoves.

Coronavirus pandemic

Though the walking race champion learnt the skills of making this particular kind of jiko in 2018 when in Finland where he had gone for a competition, he did not put them to use until when coronavirus hit the world, putting a break on most sporting activities.

“I saw the whites making the jikos in 2018 when we had gone to Finland for Under20 competitions. It took a week for me to learn. But I started being serious when coronavirus hit us. The jikos now earn me a living,” he said.

The 20-year-old says the modern jikos use charcoal or firewood.

The jikos are of different sizes and can fit in any kind of house be it permanent, temporary or semi-permanent.

“I do not discriminate for which house to make my jikos. Charges vary according to sizes. A one-stoned jiko goes for Sh3,000, two 4,500, three 6,000 and four and above goes for Sh10,000,” said Ndigiti.

He says that materials needed include cement, clay bricks, fireproof and red-oxide paint.

Different work

Ndigiti says many people see him as a successful person owing to his record in the walking race, but the tough times have forced him to work differently.

“I am grateful because Kenyans have responded very well to my venture. I have visited many counties in the past few months, making jikos. Before coronavirus, I did not know my home county of Kisii well, though I have was born and brought up here, but making jikos has made me a tourist,” he said.

Ndigiti, who hails from Marani sub-county in Kisii County, schooled at Kiandega High School in Nyamira county and developed a passion for the walking race while in Standard Six.

He says he was inspired by his teachers.

The IAAF World U18 Championships is an international event bringing together athletes from all over the world who are 17 or younger.

“Coronavirus brought a lot of problems in the world and we couldn’t go out to compete. I hope this will end soon. But this pandemic has made me learn the hard way. Talents are to be exploited, no matter how much little income they bring,” said Ndigiti.

He is hopeful that after the pandemic, he will represent Kenya in the Olympics and will bring home a gold medal.

Ndigiti comes from a humble family and his success in the walking race has not taken away his humility.

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“We live life easy. Living well with people has taught me a lot during this coronavirus time. The requests to make more jikos is overwhelming,” he said, adding that Elgeyo Marakwet Woman Rep Jane Kiptoo has already asked for his help in making more than 100 jikos for women groups.

He says most of his clients are women. “They have embraced my idea of making our kitchens look better.”


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