30-year old Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel recently led an exploration tour of Kenya with her team from a US based clothing company.
Candice, CEO and Creative Director at the Tropic of C, was listed among top 10 earning models worldwide by Forbes Magazine in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and is also a global ambassador for Mothers2mothers, an organization working to achieve HIV free generation of mothers and children in Africa.
During her time in Kenya, Candice and her team explored the benefits for the local community from the development of the Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC) project. They toured and spoke to some of the community members who fill thousands of job opportunities available in the City and grow their farm produce organically which is then supplied to the City’s supermarket.
The City employs an integrated development plan where homes for community members are upgraded to modern standards and rental homes built for them which they rent to ever increasing City workers. Amenities such as paved roads and solar street lights are available to the community members and universal healthcare will be provided at the 5,000 bed Hamptons Hospital currently under construction.
When fully completed theUS $2 billion community owned sustainable City will employ more than 20,000 workers becoming a key economic hub in the 14 County Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) in Kenya.
With a focus on medical tourism, the hospital hopes to attract patients and their relatives to visit and tour Kenya while they undergo treatment at the state of the art facility. The entire 5,000 bed Hamptons Hospital will be completed in December 2020 and treat 12,000 patients a day with 2 million Kakamega County residents receiving treatment for free on a referral basis.
During her visit, Candice met MMTC CEO, Dr Maurice Siminyu, and heard about how the hospital will specialise in cancer treatment as well as having the first 7T MRI in Africa and Asia.
She also met local landowner Gilbert and his family who is an investor in the community owned project. Gilbert told Candice that he and around 700 other local landowners invested part of their land in exchange for new homes and rental apartments on their homesteads within the City.
“None of the locals have been displaced. Instead, they receive monthly income from rentals which is putting their kids and grandkids through school. Behind us is his new house powered by solar energy. This concept will impact the inevitable growth that is happening in Africa ensuring that it’s done in a conscious way,” she explained on her Instagram page.
The model and businesswoman also took the opportunity to explore the Masai Mara, telling her social media audience that she was “grateful to be surrounded by beauty” during her time in the national park.