Helping villagers build their own CEB "huts"
Hello from West Africa,
I am interested in CEB construction to help villagers still living in grass huts (and millet stalk compound walls) to move into a more durable, less fire-prone structure. Most everyone here who has the means builds one or two room structures of about 4 meters square per room. There is no electricity or plumbing in these villages to be concerned about in the building process.
Poorer villagers do not have the means to buy alot of cement and rebar. They have sand and clay in their fields so that only has to be dug up and transported to their compound.
Of course they cannot afford to buy a CEB press. I am researching the possibilty of buying the press, learning how to use it, how to select the proper soil, etc. then showing them how to make CEB bricks for themselves. Also, most people have a relative or friend that has experience as a mason. I think several of these masons could learn how to make CEBs as well and help their village neighbors
I have other responsibilities so this can't become my fulltime job. Do you think this is a reasonable thing to undertake or am I "biting off more than I can chew"?
I read that CEBs are too expensive for the poor and are more feasible for middle class families. Is that your experience?
What suggestions/advice would you have for me?