The Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) is a non-deposit taking financial institution established in 2018 under the Companies Act 2015. Its mandate is to provide long-term funds to primary mortgage lenders (PMLs) for purposes of increasing availability of affordable home loans to Kenyans. KMRC provides concessional, fixed, long term finance to the primary lenders who include Banks and Saccos so that they can transfer the same benefits to ‘wananchi’, making home loans more accessible to especially the moderate to low-income earners in the country.
By increasing the supply of affordable housing finance, KMRC acts as a key lever in the push to increase homeownership in Kenya. Noting that Kenya’s mortgage market remains underpenetrated, relative to the potential demand for home ownership, KMRC recognizes the upside potential and the downside risks of facilitating home ownership to the moderate to low-income earners.
KMRC is regulated by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), with the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) providing oversight over its bond issuance operations.