14 Trees

Africa Manufacturing

14Trees is a joint-venture between LafargeHolcim, a global leader in building materials based in Switzerland, and CDC.
The venture aims to accelerate and scale up the production and commercialisation of Durabric bricks – an environmentally-friendly, affordable alternative to the clay burnt bricks widely used across sub-Saharan Africa, and other innovative green building solutions.

Our investment

In 2016, LafargeHolcim and CDC jointly committed $10 million to the joint venture.
CDC’s $5 million contribution was made through the Impact Accelerator.
Our investment enables 14Trees to commercialise innovative green building solutions at scale in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.

Expected impact

Our investment is supporting the transition to net zero economies (SDG 13A) by improving environmental sustainability via increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes (SDG 9.4).
In addition, it increases economic opportunities by providing access to affordable housing (SDG 11) and other pubic service infrastructure and providing more environmentally sustainable infrastructure (SDG 9.4).

Environmental and social aspects

14Trees delivers reliable, affordable and environmentally-friendly building materials and facilitates the construction of affordable housing.
It will also contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduced deforestation.

With our support, the business will also strengthen the local construction industry by accelerating the adoption of green building standards and partnering with local entrepreneurs in the construction sector.

Key facts


Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

Kenya, Malawi

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people.

Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

Direct Equity
Start date

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June 2016

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