Meet Izaq Kamau, Co-Liv Ambassador for Kenya
Izaq is an impact-driven individual who understands that coliving is the vehicle to connect people, promote community and make this way of living more affordable. Izaq discovered coliving whilst helping his landlord acquire tenants for his apartment block; he realised that coliving was an affordable and social way to live for young people.
How do you currently define yourself, and what drives you?
I’m impact-driven and I like to understand social challenges surrounding people, and to develop lasting solutions that improve their lifestyle. I’m currently redefining modern living in Africa.
What makes you passionate about coliving, and why are you actively promoting the coliving scene?
Coliving is a sense of sharing and growing together. With coliving, young people are able to remove barriers to network and connect while living in various places. Coliving also promotes community building and sharing of bills making it an affordable option for people looking to save money. In the digital era, I’m looking forward to seeing people in Africa and the world experience the community in a special way in the digital era.
What are your visions and thoughts on the future of coliving for the year to come?
Coliving will become bigger than it is today. People will be more open to share spaces and save expenditure. A combination of coliving and coworking will promote remote work globally.
You joined Co-Liv as Kenya Ambassador — which opportunities do you want to create for the country you represent, the organization, its members, and the coliving industry?
My goal is to connect industry players and create an engagement platform that will educate people, influence and allow people to adopt coliving as a business model and lifestyle.
How did you get into coliving?
In 2017, I had just moved into a new apartment block in Nairobi. For about 4 months I was the only tenant in the apartment block of four units. I decided to help my landlord acquire more tenants by marketing the units. This was successful and eventually opened the door for me to start connecting landlords and tenants. In 2018, I turned this into a coliving model when I discovered young people couldn’t afford houses in Nairobi. Sharing an apartment has helped me cut down on monthly expenses, create new relationships and long lasting friendships.
Thank you for being part of this movement! How can people reach out, and what can you mostly help them with?
Please feel free to reach out to me at my LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/izaq-kamau-81988487/
Always happy to chat about anything coliving and more.
With lots of co-love,
The Co-Liv Team
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