Projects and Opportunities


We have over 50 existing relationships with landowners that want us to partner with them to maximise their assets through development. These projects vary from $750,000 USD to $70m USD and have an influence and impact over all of society from primary schools and secondary schools, to churches and university development, from education and training on HIV Aids and protecting street Children.

The below five projects are ready for investment, should you like to find out specifically about alternative projects on the pipeline or to discuss investing please get in touch.


Founded from Church Mission Society in 2008, CMS-Africa exists to provide a linkage between missionary work in Africa to the church and communities. All too often the church is disengaged from the ongoing needs of the community, focusing exclusively on spiritual concerns. CMS-Africa is as passionate about missionary work as it is about transforming mindsets and creating an enabling environment in Africa through capacity building and empowerment programs that spur communities for transformation through renewed mindsets. 

It was once a dream to carry out a long-term capital investment that would generate income to make the mission sustainable and now that vision has become a reality. 

CMS Africa
Commercial response to poverty
Projects and Opportunities

The Project

CMS-Africa occupied 0.6 of an acre in a prime area of Nairobi. The land had been gifted to CMS-Africa in 2008, from CMS-UK when the land was worth $23,000 USD. Due to the expansion of Nairobi and the boom in the economy the land was worth $1.7m USD. Rev Dr Dennis, CMS-Africa's CEO, already had a vision to build a 16-storey building, so we became the developer and missional partner, looking out for the best for the mission. Without our partnership these organisations are either strangled by the banks or taken advantage of by developers who know the landowner has few choices.

Building commenced on the 1st of August 2016. Twice the project was stopped by officials, twice the construction team were sent home, twice said bodies were looking for their facilitation, twice we responded to their spurious demands and twice we did not facilitation and the site went back to work.

Kenyan Development
Social Impact
Impact Investment


  • 150 Construction workers were employed for 18 months paid above the minimum wage.
  • 16 Apprentices were facilitated by the contractor in order to bring to life the classroom teaching and create opportunities to prepare those students to be employment ready.
  • Returns were achieved for the investors who took the risk to invest in Africa.
  • Beautiful, modern offices for the activities of CMS-Africa in the hub of Nairobi.
  • As a consequence of CMS-Africa's equity share, the potential income is in the region of $200,000 USD. This is this year and every year. This is income which will support the work of CMS-Africa assist in growing their programs with certain income.
  • Due to the enterprising of Rev. Dr Dennis Tongoi, CMS-Africa's CEO, the intention is for CMS-Africa to purchase a further two floors at some point in the future, which will create a further rental income in the region of $200,000 USD.
  • CMS-Africa retain the head lease, so should offices become available they would have the first opportunity to buy those offices which has the potential to generate a further $600,000 USD annual income.
  • Previous income of CMS-Africa $400,000 USD per annum, with $300,000 USD being given from CMS-UK.
  • The resulting maximum benefit could be an additional $1Million USD annual income to CMS-Africa generated entirely, indigenously in Kenya.

Quote from Rev. Dr. Dennis Tongoi, CMS-Africa's CEO:
'The partnership with Hand in Hand Group lifted a burden from my shoulders. For over 5 years CMS-Africa planned to develop our property as part of our goal to being financially self-sustaining as an International Mission Agency. Hand in Hand Group has been able to connect us with likeminded resourceful people and taken over the daily responsibility of developing the property. This has allowed me to focus on what I do best, growing our mission programs.'

Graceland Athi River Athi River

Graceland Athi River is a housing development out of Nairobi near to the international airport. HiHG formed a joint venture with an indigenous Kenyan company Graceland Holdings, to purchase 23 acres of land adjacent to the Athi River with a view to building two hundred and thirty homes. When designing the development, we stopped at every critical point and asked the question;

              Would we live there.

If the answer was no, then we literally went back to the drawing board. Creating an open environment and yet securing the perimeter, although only 1.5km from the Mombasa Road a completely tranquil development and neighbourhood. 

This is a development that we are proud of, but these houses would only be attainable by those with a higher income. So now we are moving into the affordable housing space, creating quality homes for lower and lower income groups, making an asset attainable for Kenyan’s who never thought that possible.

Affordable Housing 

The Debate 

In every developing country there is a shortage of ‘affordable’ housing’ the reasons are wide and varied. This results in the poorest renting tin sheds

The Solution 

Intentional, visionary investors who are willing to take a smaller return give the lowest income people an opportunity to buy or have shared ownership in a new home. This will be at the same or similar cost of their current rent which may be the maximum they can afford. This moves them from a lifetime of renting in a slum to owning their own quality asset.

HiHG can build quality constructed units ranging from  $6,000 to $20,000, giving the poorest access to quality homes and a share in an asset

Additionally, construction and affordable housing can create fair paid jobs and apprentices. HiHG are committed to paying construction workers according to their output which enables them to earn a better wage. This results in workers being able to pay their own children's education instead of being reliant on charitable donations to fund their childrens education. 

There are millions happy to sponsor a child with no financial return. What we propose is an investment in business, building affordable houses, a business which pays the construction worker properly who in turns pays their own children's school fees, and the investor gets their money back with a financial return. 

This is a paradigm shift. 

The Conclusion 

  • The developer makes a smaller return, but still makes a profit. 
  • The investor takes a smaller return, sharing the grwoth in their investment with the tenant. 
  • A low-income person renting a slum house from an unsympathetic land lord, instead rents a properly constructed house, which as it grows in value, benefits from that growth. 
  • A construction worker can pay their own childs school fees from that income. 
  • There are millions of people globally who are prepared to sponsor a child and never see their money back, what this achieves is; One educated child. 

Put that same money into building houses and you get; 

  1. Quality Houses

  2. Properly paid construction workers 

  3. Access to an asset for a poor person 

  4. A return to an investor, instead of being a donor

  5. A sustainable solution because the donor/investor has the money to do it again 

There is an obvious danger that pouring millions of dollars into education without an equivalent investment into job creation, will only result in that investment being wasted.

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