The Green Heart of Kenya is a regenerative town and productive landscape across 750 acres in Kilifi, on the coast of Kenya.
Our vision is to provide an example for East Africa and the world for how development can have a positive impact on natural ecosystems and local communities, while also supporting the economy and driving profit.
To achieve this, our mission is to develop the sustainable infrastructure, utilities and services required to host and support profitable, low-carbon and inclusive businesses across real estate and nature-based solutions.
By 2027, we aim to have mobilised US$ 100 million directly into the Green Heart of Kenya development to support up to 50 sustainable businesses, 500 affordable homes and ~500 acres of regenerative agriculture. Through this, we will create up to 8,000 decent jobs and be contributing US$ 50 million each year to Kenya’s GDP.
Four Principles underpin everything we do.
To nurture & support replicable & scalable companies that demonstrate innovative & profitable business models that drive positive social & environmental impact.
To mandate international employment standards, upskilling, community outreach & inclusive value chains to ensure all people have fair & equal access to opportunities.
To ensure that the Green Heart of Kenya produces a yearly profit, and that the enterprises that it incubates are financially stable.
To conserve & regenerate natural ecosystems, increase biodiversity, ensure sustainable consumption & production & have a net-positive impact on the environment.
Our strong value proposition to investors, developers and tenants is built on three main selling points
Local operators: Successful operators of businesses in region since early 1960s
Sister SEZ development: Kilifi Eco-Park, with Special Economic Zone licence, being supported by TradeMark East Africa
Seed capital: Fede Pirzio-Biroli, Founder of Playfair Capital
Project development: Savo Project Developers
Design & planning: MASS Design Group
Export/import: Only ~1-hour drive from Mombasa, East Africa’s primary shipping port
Existing activity: Has a range of business activity on the site and within the vicinity
Raw inputs: Has access to abundant agricultural and marine resources
Human capital: Near a large working population that is responsive to training
Natural beauty: Surrounded by rich and diverse terrestrial and marine ecosystems
Unencumbered title: Land secured and privately owned by Green Heart of Kenya partner, the Wilson family
Development-ready: ~80% of land is levelled and ready to be developed
Utility and infrastructure access: Early-movers can have immediate road and utility access
Attractive offering: Attractive rates being offered to early-bird tenants and developers
We aim to have significant impact across the triple bottom line
8,000 decent jobs
500 affordable homes
10,000 people with healthcare
50,000 smallholders supported
50 low-carbon businesses
2,000 hectares mangroves planted
15,000 hectares of ocean protected
15,000 hectares of land regenerated
US$ 250m in FDI
50 profitable businesses
15-20 % IRR to investors
US$ 50m to GDP each year
Green Heart of Kenya Integrated Masterplan
Nodes of community and industry – connected by the amenity of a shared and productive landscape – create a dynamic and resilient environment with growth and change in mind.
To find out more about opportunities to invest or become a tenant please contact
Lachie Gordon Athié
Director, Project Manager
Green Heart of Kenya
The Green Heart of Kenya