Edward Kirathe-Billionaire Behind Qwetu Student Hostels

Qwetu Hostels is owned by Edward Kirathe, chief executive officer and founder of Acorn Holdings Limited which is the umbrella of Qwetu that accommodates millions of students in Nairobi.

On top of that, the wealthy real estate veteran is also the immediate past chairman of the REITS Association of Kenya.

His success can’t be described as an overnight success since he has worked for over 20 years in the real estate industry and through this he has managed to master the business and he’s now harvesting heavily from it.

Edward started his career journey way back in the university when he was still pursuing a bachelor’s Degree in architecture at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Kirathe took his first job at Dinners- club Nairobi in a credit card company. he worked as a debt collector and in turn, was paid a little amount. Other than working as a debt collector he also had other side deals that helped him in paying off bills since the salary wasn’t enough.

In 2001, Kirathe decided to venture into real estate with a dream of changing the industry.  The company has been performing well financially and in 2006 they added more capabilities as they went into undertaking their own developments.

Edward Kirathe Journey

Edward Kirathe’s career journey began at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. Kirathe took on his first job at Diners Club – a Nairobi-based credit card company where he worked as a debt collector and in turn was paid peanuts and he had no other option but to take whatever he was paid as salary.

Acorn Holdings Limited

In January 2008, Kirathe founded Acorn Group Limited – an integrated Real Estate firm. The company slowly began investing in the university hostels sector but finances were quite a challenge at the time.

In November 2015, the company received a major boost after entering into a partnership with Helios Investment Partners which in turn saw the company change from Acorn Group Limited to Acorn Holdings Limited.

The company is focused on developing a large-scale affordable rental housing business in Nairobi and is currently addressing purpose-built rental housing for young people, especially university students.

The Company is behind the most iconic and landmark buildings in East Africa such as the head office of Coca-Cola East and Central Africa (Upper Hill, Nairobi), Deloitte East Africa head office, Equity Center, and Nakawa Business Park in Kampala, Uganda.

In October 2019, Acorn issued the first Green Housing Bond in Africa which in January 2020 became the first Kenya Shilling bond to list on the London Stock Exchange.

The company was then recognized at the 5th Annual Climate Bonds Initiative and awarded the Green Bond Pioneer Awards for its genuine contribution to reducing carbon emissions in the country. 

Qwetu Hostels Locations

Being the only student hostel in Kenya accommodating over 4,300 students, Qwetu Hostel has eight residential locations, including;

  • Qwetu Wilson View accommodates over 700 students from different universities and colleges. The hostels are near T-Mall, Java Mbangathi Way, and Wilson Airport.
  • Qwetu Aberdare Heights I is located only 50 meters from the United States International University (USIU) near Pannfic University and opposite Qwetu Aberdare II.
  • Qwetu Aberdare Heights II  is only 40 meters from United States International University (USIU) near Panafic University.
  • Qwetu Jogoo Hostels is the founding residence of Qwetu Residence. The residence hostel accommodates over 500 students.
  • Qwetu Ruaraka Hostel is the second founding hostel to join the Qwetu family residence.it is located near Allsops, TRM, Ruaraka, and off Thika road. The Qwetu Ruaraka hostel accommodates over 500 students from various universities and college
  •  Qwetu Parklands Hostels is located near CBD Nairobi. It’s a deal place for students who study within Nairobi, likely those from TUK University, UON, and Mount Kenya University.
  • Qwetu Hurlingham Hostels the hostel accommodates over 700 students. It is located along Argwing Kodhek Road, nearest to Daystar University.
  • Qwetu Karen, the hostel accommodates over 600 students from various universities, including JKUAT, Kenya School of Law, and Multimedia University.

Qwetu Hostel prices vary depending on the type and size of the room, and it also has an exceptional service that provides the student with good studying and a relaxing environment. Qwetu Hostel is well-built with full-room furniture.

Edward Kirathe Networth

The Kenyan born-tycoon is among the few people in the country who have managed to climb a billion-level ladder.  According to Billionaires. Africa his company Acorn is currently managing assets worth  Ksh 11.8 billion. The real estate business has made him one of the few Kenyans with a net worth totaling nine figures.

Contact Details for Qwetu Residences

Here are the contact details for Qwetu Residences, making it easy for you to reach out and get the information you need.

  • Kenyan Phone: +254 800 730 333 (Toll Free)
  • International Phone: +254 730 850 000
  • Email Adress: hello@qwetu.co.ke
  • Facebook Page: Qwetu Living
  • Instagram Page: Student Residences

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