By yoana kimwele.
A farmer in Kitui south has discovered a unique type of soil that can be used in the construction industry and help bring down the cost of construction significantly.
Michael Kivoto, a resident of Mwala village in the outskirts of Mutomo town stumbled on ‘Mwalanite Limesoil’ that bears similar characteristics as cement and which offers multiple uses in construction.
First, Mwalanite Limesoil which is pale white in colour has been tested as a mortor for walling by using ordinary baked bricks, quarry stones and machine cut bricks.
“The results are impressive. Very impressive” Kivoto says.
Other construction materials made from the raw material are construction bricks, cabro, interlocking blocks, fencing posts.
The raw material is also turning good results for plastering and fixing tiles.
The resident who has experienced with Mwalanite Limesoil from his farm is impressed by the results and says this will ease the burden of construction for many average kitui residents who yearn for permanent houses but who are discouraged by the cost of construction materials such as cement. A bag of cement is trading at Ksh620/
With Mwalanite Limesoil, you only need a small portion of cement; 1 bag of cement to 7 wheelbarrows of the raw material. There is no use of sand.
Ordinarily a bag of cement would be mixed with 4 wheelbarrows of sand. So with the raw material which has been discovered four feet underground in his farm, one can save massively on cement.
To prove his point, Kivoto showed us bricks made of the soil, tiles fixed with the soil, fencing posts, and an upcoming small house done with the soil and plastered with the same.
The plaster resembled a nil and it’s tough hard. He says even with a water tank, the material is not porous.
“This is something that should be embraced by all. This type of raw material is found elsewhere and people need to be educated on its valuable use” says Kivoto whose upcoming storey house has a foundation made of the material.
“It is working. It has worked for me and saved me a lot of money” he says.
His neighbours who have witnessed the wonder soil have started flocking to his home to buy the raw material.
Kivoto says that Mwalanite Limesoil is also good for road construction especially in areas where roads become impassable during the rains. What is needed is only a ratio of one bag of cement to 10 wheelbarrows of the soil for a permanent solution.
Kivoto is open to share more with those willing to learn from him and his new discovery.
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