Where are we now
Our project is at a pilot stage and will be developed in collaboration with the Maasai community of Maji Moto (1800 inhabitants) in Tanzania, and Enjetare NGO. Several programmes featuring the properties and benefits of CSEB have already been implemented through the construction of community-led public facilities in the village, which included workshops on locally-sourced earth materials with villagers and training on compressed bricks to construction workers. With the cooperative, we want to move on from the prototype phase and provide the community with the actual tools to develop their own CSEB building projects through more specialised training and support to micro-entreprise.
An indication of our team’s capacity:
80% expertise already found
40% materials / equipment already found
30% builders already found
Finance: € 25,500
Over the next year, and with the help of potential donors, we believe we can achieve to:
-build a physical space of innovation, knowledge
sharing, reciprocal skill transfers and project support;
-establish a cooperative leading sustainable innovation and pioneering in offering affordable, innovative and locally-produced building materials;
-slow-down desertification in the area and encourage “green” awareness and actions, such as reforestation and community-led resources management;
-Support micro-entreprise and the wider community’s resilience as residents benefit from the economic knock-on effects of the cooperative activities.
- Operational costs to legally set-up cooperative
- Costs associated with the lab construction
- Compressing machines 500x4
- Salary for the staff trainers, officers and partne
- CSEB production materials
- Funding to villagers to build with CSEB
Skills: Planning & Management, Financial advice
Our role on the several projects we have made have focused since now on design, construction and community participation. The initiative we are launching now goes beyond the act of building, but includes the community in the process of transforming the building tradition towards more ecologic ways of building. To achieve that, we need the support of experts on Planning and management, so to be able to activate the eco-cooperative in the most successful and sustainable way, both for the community and the built environment. As well, thinking on the long term self-reliance of the eco-cooperative we hope to have financial advice to better achieve such financial independence of the cooperative from partners and the local NGO.
Stuff: Equipment & tools
Our objective is to use as much local materials as possible. Mostly locally-sourced building materials like raw earth, sand, timber and bamboo. Also, we want to support local businesses, so additional materials will be bought in the close-by shops or in Arusha.
However, due to the lack of compressing machines in Tanzania, it would be very useful for us to be provided with these. We want to start by having 4 machines. 2 of them for producing bricks of 29x14x11 (small size) for partitions and wider bricks (29x26x11), for structural walls. Also, we would like to have a U compressing machine to be used as a formwork to produce U pieces, avoiding ring beams which waste a lot of cement.