Performance of burnt bricks enterprises in Missungwi-Ward : (The case of Balizukwa - burnt bricks project)

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Southern New Hampshire University
The project report aims at assessing burnt bricks project and its effects to people's livelihood and environment in Balizukwa Community in Misungwi District, Mwanza region. There are different types of building materials which are well known and used worldwide. Some of these materials are locally available and some have to be improved from other countries. In the ongoing drive for utilization of local building materials, burnt clay bricks play an important role. In Tanzania suitable clay for brick making is found in many parts of the country. Burnt clay bricks are a high quality building material which can be used for load-bearing walls. This material therefore provides a long term technical solution to structural walling. The production of bricks reduces construction costs as the employ utilization of local materials, need small capital investment, small transport costs, extremely good and permanent and it offers high opportunities for employment. Indeed, bricks are the best existing walling materials. Although the initial investment might be higher in some cases, the total life cycle costs are lower than most of the building materials that are in use today.Various measures have been taken by the government of Tanzania and Balizukwa community based organization on this side to eradicate the problem but the situation is still not favorable for human living standard as the case on what factors hinders the development and growth of the burnt brick projects in the community and the Balizukwa CBO as a case study. The study examined the contribution of Burnt Brick Project to the people's livelihood and environmental conservation. It also went on looking into ways of enhancing the capacity of the CBOS and the communities in 5 villages of Misungwi ward on the entrepreneurship skills, housing micro-enterprises and brick making knowledge. (Author abstract)