Affordable Housing


In Kenya, Bamburi Cement is aligned to Holcim’s global objective of establishing business initiatives with social impact. Bamburi Cement has a value-added offering, known as Maskani initiative, which provides customers with access to much needed technical support and advice, availing technical experts such as architects, quantity surveyors and engineers to help them achieve quality and affordability in their construction. 

It focuses on three main approaches:

  1. Technical advice and support 
  2. Earth and Cement
  3. Mass Housing

The initiative which offers a value proposition to individual home builders, developers and contractors across the country, has served more than 2,000 customers since its inception in 2015. 


Maskani - Bamburi's Affordable Housing Solution

The Maskani initiative is a value added service to home builders offering technical advice during the construction process. This initiative was launched in Kenya in 2015 and since then, Maskani has supported more than 2,000 customers to construct more than 10,000 housing units.


The Maskani team is comprised of built environment professionals such as Architects, Quantity Surveyors and Engineers. The customers not only benefit from sound construction advice, but also from a network of contractors and building material suppliers. The services are offered in return for exclusive purchase of Bamburi Cement’s products during renovation, extension, or construction of homes.


Maskani seeks to address affordability and construction quality by:-


  • Provision of on-site technical assistance (construction advice)
  • Partnerships with building material manufacturers
  • Linkages with building material outlets.

Benefits of the program

  • Providing a cost saving to the end user
  • Improving construction standards
  • Enhancing the building experience of property owner
  • Providing convenience to the property owner.
  • Available countrywide as it is linked to Bamburi’s retail network

Types of construction covered under this program

  • Incremental/ bit by bit construction
  • Single dwelling unit
  • Multiple dwelling units (bedsitters, apartment blocks, housing estates)

Primary Target Audience

  • Individual Home Builder
  • Contractors (small, medium and large)                                                    
  • Developers (SACCOs, Chamas, private developers, county & national governments.


Some of the housing types that customers under this initiative benefit from include:

  • Bungalows
  • Maisonettes
  • Bedsitters
  • Apartment blocks (under the mass housing initiative)
sample hse 4 bedrooms

Customers can also benefit from different construction techniques based on their preference. Some of the construction techniques include:

  • Conventional brick and mortar
  • Alternative building material - stabilized soil blocks, EPS panels and precast concrete members


For more information on Maskani, call us on +254 20 289 3000. Email: