It makes sense. Mud is plentiful and literally cheap, and so is the sunshine used to dry mud bricks until they’re solid enough for construction. The only costs are in labor and time.
Mud is among the most popular building materials in Northern Uganda and the country as a whole. It’s a relatively straightforward process that’s been employed with many variations since around 7000 B.C.
Opting to make our own bricks was because they are cheaper by UGX 100. More, because of handling, we would minimize breakages incurred during transportation and packing. When one makes their own bricks, they are then sure of the process.
See our progress below:
|The soil is collected into one big heap in preparation for brick making. Different soils make different quality of bricks. Some even use clay soil.||Our bricks piled up and burnt. You will notice that we opted for a wider and shorter shape than the normal tall one. This is to enable the heat reach all the piled bricks.||Some of our bricks as seen from a further distance. It is these that we will use for construction on our farm. They are cheaper, stronger and we are very sure that they are properly made.|