I met Mr. John Ondieki at his home in Homa Bay where he raised a 2 storey building with 4 bedrooms and a spacious parking lot. His home also has a big playground for kids. He said he built his new house using money he saved while working as a consultant in an NGO. The surprising part is that he just used Interlocking soil blocks and he reduced by more than 50% on the construction costs.
“In these tough economic times,” he said “tough measures are required. It is in this regard that I opted to use affordable and eco-friendly building materials which helped me cut costs by 54%.” This comes along with the recent reduction in the cement sale which has fallen by 5.4 million bags in the past nine months equivalent to billions of shillings, indicating a cooling off in the construction industry as per the Leading Economic Indicator (LEI) for October by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).
The normal construction soil blocks are known to be labour intensive in terms of molding the bricks, burning them and carrying them to the construction site with high level of breakage. On the other hand, Interlocking soil blocks require less amount of labour, and cannot easily break when taken to construction sites since the blocks can be made even at the construction site itself.
When making ISSBs you require to stabilize the soil with cement in appropriate ratios depending with type of soil. From a 50kg bag of cement you expect 100-150 soil blocks. For water tanks you will be required to line on the inside with a layer of water proof cement. Curing is done by watering the blocks for 7 days then dry curing for another 7 days. After curing the soil blocks the blocks are able to withstand rain without weathering.
— Makiga Engineering Services Ltd (@MakigaKe) January 9, 2018
Ondieki procured the machine from Makiga Engineering Services Ltd – an award winning company with footprints across Africa. “I am encouraging everyone who wants to build a house to use their machines since they help you save at least 50% on all your construction costs”.
Makiga Engineering Services Ltd has branches across East Africa:
- RWANDA: Call: +250787304403; +250783255742; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
- KENYA: Nairobi: Call/Whatsapp: +254721599866; Eldoret: +254721318717; Mombasa: +254718852699; email@example.com
- TANZANIA: +255744199000. firstname.lastname@example.org
- UGANDA: +256756566566; or +256776488688. email@example.com
- Rest of Africa: Call/Whatsapp: +254721599866
— Makiga Engineering Services Ltd (@MakigaKe) November 8, 2018
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