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Smart Havens Africa

Smart Havens Africa

Real Estate, Construction, Non-profit
Uganda, Africa
Technologies used:
Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Experience Cloud, Digital Engagement, PhoneIQ, Zapier, e-signature, QuickBooks


Smart Havens Africa is a remarkable social enterprise that focuses on transforming the lives of many families in Africa. Their mission is to provide affordable, durable, and eco-friendly housing solutions for vulnerable and low-income people. The innovative approach of Smart Havens Africa involves building communities rather than single homes, along with a commitment to land ownership rights and diverse financing options. Furthermore, the organization's eco-friendly construction methods, employment of women, and dedication to financial transparency demonstrate their comprehensive commitment to fostering long-term positive change for the families and communities they serve. The continued success and perseverance in their mission have made Smart Havens Africa a leading force in providing affordable housing solutions.

However, as the organization grew, they faced an increasing challenge of managing a complex web of tasks - from processing housing applications, coordinating building and maintenance projects, to managing their properties effectively. Their existing system was unable to keep up with their growing needs and lacked the efficiency and integration they required.

This is where Hitteps came in. Leveraging our expertise in Salesforce solutions, we set out to transform SHA’s operational structure, delivering a system tailored to their unique needs, and ultimately revolutionizing their property management system with custom Experience Cloud portal.

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What we did

After our initial assessment and outlining the project specifics, we worked on providing Smart Havens Africa with modern solutions. These innovations led to process automation and an enhanced user experience, enabling Smart Havens Africa to direct their attention more towards their core mission.

Experience Cloud Portal

In response to SHA's distinct requirements, we creataed an all-encompassing property management portal. Here, users find a streamlined process to apply for a home, an intuitive interface to manage repairs, and a simplified system to handle bills, all augmented by real-time notifications. Furthermore, to foster a vibrant community, users can seamlessly exchange messages through the Salesforce Chat, thus enhancing the community living ambiance. This innovative portal is cohesively integrated within the Salesforce ecosystem, facilitating a smooth and unified user experience.


  • the ability to comprehensively manage a property from one place
  • enhanced user engagement and satisfaction
  • all data stays in Salesforce, enabling accurate reporting and planning

Case Configuration, Automation, and Management:

We configured Case object, creating custom layouts, fields, validations, list views, record types, and more. We introduced the entire Case lifecycle into Salesforce and automated Case creation via emails and webpage. We developed advanced automations, like auto-response rules, service queues, assignment rules, alerts, and escalation rules to streamline workflows.


  • improved operational efficiency with streamlined case creation and management
  • prompt responses and action due to automation

Data model, Lead Scoring & Omni-channel Configuration

As part of our comprehensive approach, we transitioned the data model from Lead to Opportunity, including the implementation of a data-driven lead scoring model. This tool leverages key data points to rank leads and focus sales efforts effectively. Alongside this, we enabled full task management functionalities and fine-tuned the Service Console and Omni-channels for optimal case routing and display, enhancing both operational efficiency and user experience.


  • streamlined sales process that enhances lead conversion
  • improved user experience and operational efficiency
  • prioritize high-value leads, ensuring efficient utilization of sales team efforts
  • increased lead conversion rates

Knowledge Base Creation

To support Smart Havens Africa’s daily operations, we built a comprehensive knowledge base without incurring additional license expenses. This repository of structured information aids in improving internal operations.


  • streamlined access to essential information
  • organized repository of knowledge aiding in daily operations

Feedback Management & Telephony Integration

We coded a custom component for gathering user feedback fromthe Customer Portal. To bolster real-time customer interaction, we integrated PhoneIQ, a managed app for telephony services.


  • mechanism for valuable customer feedback collection
  • improved customer service through real-time interaction

SLA Management &
E-signature Integration

We utilized Salesforce's built-in SLA solution to effectively manage service agreements. To streamline document signing and ensure legal compliance, we integrated an e-signature feature using Zapier.


  • efficient SLA management ensuring prompt service
  • streamlined, legally compliant document signing process

User Profiles, Security, and Data Visibility

We employed Salesforce best practices in configuring user accesses using Profiles, Permission Sets, and Sharing Settings. This approach ensures secure and appropriate access to data.


  • enhanced data security and integrity
  • customized user access

Purchase and Project Management Data Model

We tailored the data model using Apex and declarative tools, implementing an effective structure for managing purchases and projects. This included creating new fields, objects, and relationships to facilitate comprehensive tracking of these key business areas.


  • streamlined management of purchases and projects
  • enhanced visibility into key business processes

QuickBooks Integration

Finally, we integrated QuickBooks using Zapier to facilitate seamless financial management. This allows Smart Havens Africa to easily manage their accounting tasks directly from Salesforce.


  • simplified financial management
  • reduced time and effort in managing accounts


Boosted efficiency and enhanced property management

With our comprehensive Salesforce solution tailored to Smart Havens Africa, the organization has seen significant advancements in their operations and property management services:

  • Streamlined and automated processes, reducing manual tasks, and enhancing operational efficiency.
  • Customized Experience Cloud portal that revolutionized property management, enabling residents to apply for housing, pay bills, report repairs, and manage their property details from one central location.
  • Optimized case creation and management, providing improved visibility into each case, and facilitating efficient resolution.
  • Integrated third-party services, such as DocuSign for e-signatures and QuickBooks for accounting, to further automate workflows and provide a cohesive and easy-to-navigate system.
  • Established a robust security model ensuring that each user has the correct permissions, thus bolstering the system's integrity and data protection.

By harnessing the capabilities of Salesforce, Smart Havens Africa has not only enhanced their internal operations, but they've also created a superior experience for residents and achieved a unique advantage in the affordable housing sector. This strategic transformation positions them for continued growth and success in their mission to provide affordable housing across Africa.

Smart Havens Africa


I highly recommend Hitteps services to anyone looking for Salesforce solutions. With their dedicated team that listens and provides needed solutions, we now have a scalable system to manage our growth as we work to impact more families.

Will Broad

Smart Havens Africa