The problem with rental housing in Ghana is not a new phenomenon and doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon.
In light of this, Bill Fosuhene Cobbinah and his co-founders have created a platform – Edanra – that seeks to end the challenges that come with rental housing in Ghana.
According to Bill, Edanra started off as a platform he created with his co-founders to help his father easily find tenants after his building project in 2019, and later decided to develop the platform to solve rental housing issues in the country.
“My co-founders, Jerome and Alfred, and I started working on this project primarily because my dad wanted an easy way to find tenants after his building project sometime in 2019. But as time went on, we realized the hefty challenges in the rental space like fraudulence and bi-annual advance payments. So we decided to be deliberate about building a more comprehensive and robust infrastructure to address them,” he told Kuulpeeps.
The Edanra platform, which covers a wide array of property types in each of the 16 regions in Ghana, is keenly focused on providing better and convenient solutions for renting accommodation in the country.
The platform allows renters and tenants/guests to list or find two property types, Regular Ads and EdanraStay, for free.
Regular Ads allows users to list or find property for nightly or monthly rentals and make contact with hosts on their own, while EdanraStay allows listings of vacation homes, guest houses, lodges and hotels, which are strictly for nightly rentals only, thereby allowing guests to book and make payment directly through the platform.
Furthermore, knowing the troubles that come with the accommodation for national service in Ghana, Bill and his team are providing another service for national service personnel by matching them to very decent spaces at affordable rates whenever they are posted.
“As an early-stage startup in a budding digital market, there is the constant need to iterate the product to be contextually relevant,” Bill said about the challenges he and his co-founders faced when establishing Edanra.
However, he is particularly excited about the fact that together with his team, they have gleefully taken up the task of providing solutions to deep-seated problems in our country.
“The end goal is to make renting convenient and affordable in Africa. In five years, we should be the go-to platform where renters can find convenient rental property and payment services in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa,” Bill said.
Bill attended Saint Augustine’s College for his senior high school education, obtained a bachelor of science degree in Petrochemical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a master of arts (M.A) in Theological and Ministerial Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary in 2021.
Prior to founding Edanra, Bill participated in robotics competitions in Ghana. At some point, he was a robotics instructor at Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation, and also had the chance to represent Ghana at the World Robot Olympiad as the Team Lead in 2013.
“I was introduced to robotics program ran by the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation in senior high school. We participated in local competitions and had the chance to represent Ghana in the olympiad. Even though I am no longer as active in robotics, What I hinged onto is the constant challenge to come up with feasible, practical real-time solutions,” he said.
Bill Fosuhene Cobbinah, however, wants to be in the capacity of building infrastructure that tackles the many problems citizens are facing in the country and also to be able to teach Theology.
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