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    Launch Africa Ventures Invests in Zambian Construction-Tech Startup Bosso Africa

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    In a strategic move aimed at addressing Africa’s burgeoning housing deficit and revolutionizing the construction supply chain, Launch Africa Ventures has announced its latest investment in Bosso, a proptech platform based in Zambia.

    Bosso, established in 2022, has emerged as a trailblazer in the construction sector by leveraging digital solutions to simplify the procurement of construction materials. The platform’s core ethos revolves around affordability and efficiency, aiming to democratize access to building supplies for businesses and individuals across the continent.

    The brainchild of visionary CEO Chisepo Chirwa, Bosso is not merely a tech platform; it’s a catalyst for industry-wide transformation. By seamlessly connecting suppliers, contractors, and builders, Bosso is reshaping the construction landscape, fostering sustainable development, and confronting Africa’s housing shortage head-on.

    Chirwa articulated Bosso’s mission to make affordable building materials universally accessible through their innovative e-commerce platform. The company’s strategic alliances with financial institutions facilitate access to finance through various mechanisms, including the “buy now pay later” (BNPL) model, traditional mortgages, and the unique “save now, build later” (SNBL) approach.

    Renew Capital, an Africa-focused impact investment firm, recognized Bosso’s potential and injected capital into the venture earlier in February this year. Calvin Chitangala, Renew Capital’s investment and project manager for Zambia, underscored the pivotal role of affordable housing materials in achieving the broader goal of affordable housing. Renew Capital’s backing reaffirms Bosso’s commitment to driving positive change in Africa’s construction industry.

    Bosso’s collaboration with manufacturers not only diversifies its product range but also enhances transparency and efficiency in the supply chain. By minimizing transaction costs, Bosso endeavors to make affordable housing more attainable for a wider demographic, aligning with the development agendas of numerous African governments.

    With Africa grappling with a staggering backlog of 60 million housing units and Zambia’s housing deficit projected to double by 2030, the timing couldn’t be more critical for innovative solutions like Bosso. Launch Africa Ventures’ decision to invest in Bosso underscores its dedication to supporting ventures that address pressing challenges while fostering economic growth and sustainability across the continent.

    As Bosso continues to gain momentum, its impact on the construction industry is expected to be profound. Beyond driving sectoral growth, Bosso’s e-commerce platform is poised to catalyze sustainable development and alleviate the acute need for affordable housing, signaling a promising future for Africa’s built environment.

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