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Self-build housing

Which house design is most popular?

All of the new house designs incorporate the Maasai women's requests for:

However, most of the Maasai women like the ferro-cement option best. They are reassured by the fact that the new design uses the same basic structure as their traditional houses, are familiar with the building techniques used, and can afford the materials involved.

As a second choice, the Maasai favour the strength of stabilised soil blocks. This too is a familiar technique, as building with cement blocks is fairly common in Kenya.

The least popular option is the rammed earth house, which is a completely new technique in Kenya. Although rammed earth homes have survived for hundreds of years, many of the Maasai people feel that the structure lacks strength without the support of a timber framework.

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