Millions of poor South Africans stay in shacks that are unsafe, unhygienic, poorly constructed, ugly and uncomfortable to live in


Millions of South Africans living in townships struggle with inadequate housing conditions. Despite becoming a "middle-income" country on a macro scale, South Africa continues to have the least equal economy in Africa. As a result of urbanization and apartheid's legacy of institutionalized discrimination, informal settlements continue to grow on the peripheries of cities and the country's housing backlog persists. There is an immediate need for 400,000 houses in the City of Cape Town. The Government and private sector only produce 2000 RDP houses per annum. This dooms most people to be shack-dwellers living in appauling conditions for life. The Governemt admits to facing a serious housing crisis.



Most shacks in townships are not built for permanence and may be structurally unsafe. As a result of overcrowding in squatter camps, shacks are very often subject to devastating fires, flooding, crime, and a general lack of security. Without proper insulation, shacks are uncomfortable in extreme hot or cold temperatures. Squatter camps are stigmatizing for residents and reduce confidence. About 20% of South African households earn enough to access a housing subsidy but too little to afford the current cheapest new house, which sells for more than R100,000.  The current housing crisis causes huge civil unrest and political conflict. This market segment is desperate for innovative solutions that are scale-able. .


Homes with Heart constructs solid, safe and secure micro-houses in townships using alternative building methodologies that are inexpensive and quick. These micro-houses are bullet-proof, fire-proof, properly insulated and well-ventilated --thereby dramtically improving the living conditions and quality of life of their residents. Thehomes are built by small, township-based construction companies that operate Homes with Heart franchises with the help of local and international volunteers. The labour is provided by people who are deemed unemployable by conventional standards due to lack of skills, criminal records, addiction problems or lanquage barriers. Customers can supply their own labour to reduce costs and acquire new skills. Heart Capital's investors provide home loans to selected beneficiaries who lack the financial resources to buy a micro-house.


investment opportunties:

Impact Investors


Provide micro-housing loans to deserving families and get your money back plus a financial return on investment through monthly installments over 3 years. 



Use your grant money to establish micro-construction companies in townships, lifting people out of poverty permanently.



Buy houses for NGOs, creches, churches, community projects or staff members and build them with volunteers from your company.


"Roll up your shirt sleeves and build a micro house with your colleagues for a day.  It's a great way to boost staff morale and bring your team together. Do this, and you will change someone's life forever, someone that really needs help and deserves this once in a lifetime opportunity"


new release:

purchase a micro-house 

Heart Capital and its portfolio ventures attract in excess of 100 interns every year. Historically we did not provide accomodation. The interns rent rooms across Cape Town where ever they can be found. Heartland Vocational Villages aims to build a residency to accomodate interns in a purpose-built environment that is safe, secure and centralized. The Homes with Heart micro-houses are perfect to accommodate interns at competitive rentals. 

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this is how it works

You provide the finance to build a micro-house

Local builders construct the house, creating jobs & promoting entrepreneurship

We rent the house to international interns

You receive a 20% revenue share for life

You get your money back plus a good return on your investment

Our projects and hubs become financially sustainable

the problem

511 million tonnes

South Africa's carbon emissions per capita; that's nearly double the world average at 4.49 tonnes.

9.18 tonnes

The amount of carbon dioxide that South Africa releases into the atmosphere each year.


Percentage increase in South Africa's carbon emissions from the consumption and flaring of fossil fuels since 1996.

South Africa's unemployment rate; by working within impoverished communities and providing individuals with a chance to earn a steady income, we're doing our part to decrease this number.


impact per house:

  • Support 3 jobs

  • Help to sustain 1 micro-entrepreneur 

  • Provide safe & secure accommodation for interns

  • R6000pm income generated through rentals

  • Provide long-term sustainability for a local social enterprise

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key details:

  • Life stage: Venture phase

  • Replicable: Yes

  • Scalable: Yes

  • Financially sustainable: Yes

  • Number of franchises: 1

  • Locations: 1

  • Investment opportunities: Yes

  • Return on investment: Yes

  • Risk: Low

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