President Ruto yesterday the Talai Affordable Housing Project in Kericho County, emphasizing the government’s commitment to providing decent and affordable housing to Kenyans nationwide.

The project is the first of its kind in Kericho and aims to address the housing deficit in the growing town and its surroundings.

The first phase of the Talai project will deliver 320 affordable housing units along with a commercial area and mixed-use developments.

Additionally, infrastructure enhancements, including the expansion of sewer and water systems, will be undertaken to support the housing development.

The State Department for Housing and Urban Development has partnered with Pandaa Enterprises for the development of housing units. The developer is tasked with constructing eight blocks of apartments, comprising social housing, affordable housing, and market housing units.

The housing units are designed to be affordable to all Kenyans, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Prices range from Ksh 1,260,000 to Ksh 5,760,000, with corresponding monthly tenant purchase payments. This pricing model aims to make homeownership accessible to a broad spectrum of the population.

The Talai Affordable Housing Project is expected to provide direct employment to approximately 2,000 locals and over 5,000 individuals indirectly.

This initiative aligns with the Kenya Kwanza manifesto’s objective of addressing unemployment among youth. The project has also engaged and sensitized Jua Kali artisans, providing opportunities for local businesses and skill development.

Kericho County leaders have urged residents to seize these employment opportunities, emphasizing the importance of local participation in the project’s workforce.