Good looking rammed earth loos at Shipungu

The new latrines at Shipungu are nearly finished, and they are looking good!

Shipungu 14.08.14 Latrine (2)
The majority of the work on the latrine block has been completed, with just the door frames due to be finished in September.

The building is constructed from rammed earth with a thatched roof – a first for Build It. Rammed earth compresses earth between form work to produce layers of strong, compact earth. These building methods use materials that local people can easily afford and it is more sustainable than using alternatives like concrete blocks and metal roofing.

Work on the staff house is also ahead of schedule, with just finishings and painting to be completed. Eleven trainees were taught bricklaying skills whilst building the house and will sit their TEVETA trades exam in December. This training and certification will allow them to earn a living in construction and provide for their families.
Merab, Shipungu Trainee

“The training has given me the full range of skills needed to get work in construction. I am the eldest of five girls, so when I find work I will use the money to help educate my younger sisters and help support my parents.”

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