Bricks and Bread: Building for the Future
Bricks and Bread: Building for the Future
Kiahuko Women Group hopes to contribute to conservation of Mt. Kenya World Heritage Site by introducing soil bricks as a new source of construction material for housing and also engaging in baking as a source of alternative income. These activities will decrease dependence on the Mt. Kenya forest as a source of timber for construction and as a source of wood/charcoal as a way of earning income.
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Project Snapshot

Kiahuko Community Group
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 31,849.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 14,240.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 9,120.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Currently the residents of the project area rely on resources from the Mt. Kenya forest (e.g., wood and charcoal) for construction and cooking purposes. The project will provide alternative, sustainable sources of construction materials through the soil-brick making enterprise. In addition, the bakery will provide a sustainable source of income and improvements in nutrition in the project area. The bakery will use cooking briquettes made from waste materials (e.g., wood scraps, newspaper, sawdust) to encourage use of sustainable cooking fuels.
Project sustainability
The project will decrease the community's dependence on timber from the Mt. Kenya forest by generating alternative construction materials (bricks) from a sustainable source of material (soil) and provide sustainable sources of income through the bakery and brickery enterprises.
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Number of local policies informed in climate change focal area 1
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 58

Grantee Contact

Ms Elizabeth Mwangi
Phone: 0727718911


P.O. Box 477
Nanyuki , 10400

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076
Ms. Salome Nyakundi


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100