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Self-build housing

Raising the roof

One of the main problems with the traditional enkaji was maintaining the roof, particularly during the rainy season. The designers explored a number of possible solutions, but the most popular came about through a mixture of luck and trial and error!

In the process of building a ferro-cement house, a group of Maasai women decided to try putting plastic sheeting over the roof of the wooden frame structure before adding a layer of chicken wire and plastering it with cement. To their surprise, this:

The ferro-cement roof technology has since been improved by building a stronger supporting framework and by making sure that the roof slopes down from the centre to the guttering.




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