(Posted by Laurence)
Generally speaking, there are two types of brick in Uganda: factory brick and village brick. The former are similar to what you would be familiar with in the UK, while the latter are an altogether more rough-and-ready product. Village brick is made like this…
(1) Clayey soil is formed into bricks using a wooden mould, and left to dry in the sun.
(2) The dry bricks are stacked to form a square kiln, with hollows in the sides where fires can be lit; the outside is plastered with mud, and fires kept burning for several days.
(3) Once cooled, the bricks are ready for use on site.
A few of the challenges associated with village brick are: waste, due to poorly fired bricks; poor strength; irregular dimensions.
Click on the images above to see the full photo that relates to each stage of production.