Conventional wisdom says: to build a house you need to buy clay bricks from a builders warehouse. Dennis and the people of the Mitengo village disagree. 

During the dry season, they harvest muddy clay from their backyard and pack it into the brick-maker mold called chikombole.

In a brilliant piece of engineering, they then stack the bricks together to make a home-made kiln. They feed firewood into it using the bottom holes and set it alight.

The heat bakes the brick into what we city dwellers recognize as bricks… Total cost K0. So much for conventional wisdom… #ThisIsAfrica

If you think that this is amazing then you should see how Dennis’ mother builds a cold room for keeping food fresh, but that is a story for another day.

Hadithi Njoo