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Journal of Development Effectiveness

Improving housing conditions: labelled loans in Kenya and Uganda

We evaluate a non-governmental housing microfinance intervention that attempts to improve housing conditions for low-income populations by simultaneously offering them a labelled loan and non-financial technical support. Using household survey data from Kenya and Uganda, we first show evidence for the successful targeting of our labelled loans because 95% of clients used the loan for the intended housing improvement. Second, our results suggest that access to small, short-term loans enables households to invest in housing upgrades that can significantly improve both the characteristics of their dwelling and their satisfaction with their dwelling.

Choda, A., A. Schoofs und N. Verrinder (2023), Improving housing conditions: labelled loans in Kenya and Uganda. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 15, 4, 406-437

DOI: 10.1080/19439342.2022.2116077