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In our bid towards development and modernisation, we often belittle the role of Mother Nature in our thinking, planning and actions. As a result, civilisation has taken a strong hold on us and gradually driving us out of sustainability unconsciously and we follow in totality without considering the danger it poses on the generation yet unborn. When we hear Mud House, a picture pops up in our mind—rural community. But at LTI, this is not the case. We have always been working along sustainable developments.

Our participants get involved in critical thinking, problem analysis, idea generation, project conceptualization and business development in Agribusiness, it value chains and any other sector they deem it fit to venture into. This therefore requires time, energy and much more a conducive environment for in house training. Unfortunately our participants doesn’t have access to such environment, we needed a small house for facilitators and participants undergoing this process. This birthed the Transformation Space Extension Plan. Cement block house is what is in vogue in the location where we are in the city, The budget for a cement block house came in and we decided to forget the project due to the huge financial cost.

The need for a well in the office space and our demonstration farm came very urgent and we got support to dig the well which has been completed.

Aftermath of the well was loads of mud from the well messing up our environment. Then we asked, what can we do with this Earth Waste? How do we dispose it? Then the idea inspired by the Director’s stay on Kanthari campus and his experience in India came clear… A mud house in the city. The mud house project has begun. We are converting the “supposed waste” into a beautiful, durable, inexpensive and conducive place of dwelling.

Thanks to the rural farmers in Mariwo, who understood the technology needed for the project, we are combining indigenous knowledge with ivory tower knowledge. We can help you get this blocks and make  sustainable buildings out of it.Undeniably, there is nothing called waste; waste is only materials in a wrong place.

What do you do with your waste? With continuous advocacy and eventual acceptance, SDGs 11 and 12—sustainable cities and communities and responsible production and consumption will be achieved respectively.

The project is still ongoing and we hope to get more support to finish it on time for the use of our facilitators and participants.

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