HYDRAFORM - The ultimate source of affordable construction materials in Uganda

HYDRAFORM - The ultimate source of affordable construction materials in Uganda

$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
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Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Project aims to provide affordable stress resistant, low cost, sustainable housing material to the rural low income earners of Kasese and Uganda at large.Hydraform bricks are fire-resistant and durable and are thermally, acoustically and structurally beneficial for housing.The locals who will benefit from the project will be employed to make the bricks as well which will inject a sense of proactivity and pride into the community, as well as new skills and additional income.
Since hydraform blocks will be locally manufactured, this will help in reducing transport pollution and carbon footprint.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The district has an approximate total population of 530,000 people. Kasese is a multi-ethnic district with many people of different ethnic backgrounds.They are engaged in different economic activities that include, mining, fishing, crossborder trading,farming among others.Most urban dwellers are in gainful employment while rural people survive on income fron farming, fishing and small scale mining. For easy administration, Kasese district is divided into administrative zones including town councils, counties, sub counties, parishes and villages. The District Chairman is the head of the district supported by area councillors and technical people employed by Government of Uganda. The population of Kasese is estimated to be 646,677. Of this 51% (329,805) are females and 49% (316,872) are males.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Hydraform bricks will address the issue of poor housing in Uganda because they will be affordable, environmentally friendly and resistant to various natural and human induced streass factors. In Northern Uganda, the Office of the Prime Minister distributed hydraform machines to support the construction sector in the region in the last financial year, and even provided youth with training on how to use hydraform technology. More particularly, reference can be made to the 2009 Hydraform Project in Moroto, Karamoja that helped turn around the housing conditions of the local Karimajong community by giving the locals an opportunity to construct decent housing structures using hydraform bricks. This technology has not yet reached western Uganda yet the area lies in the East African rift valley that is prone to earthquakes and floods. This would be an oportunity for people in this area to access affordable and durable building material. In teh process, teh project will address the rampant uneployment in teh region
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

1.Securing funding - fund raising 2.Acquiring land - about 5 acres and soil suitability test 3.Carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment 4.Construction of workshop, administrative and store blocks and curing slab 5.Recruitment and training of staff 6.Public sensitization 7.Plant commissioning
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JHIL Murray (U) Ltd
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About Your Organization
Organization Name

JHIL Murray (U) Ltd

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

The founder is an environmentalist. She has always desired to engage in some effort that will have an economic, environmental and social impact.
The poor housing conditions in Kasese and Uganda at large are appauling. Given the poverty levels in Uganda, very few people can afford decent leave alone safe housing. The founder therefore looked at this Project as an opportunity to fulfil this dream

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

The Project is still at Fundraising level. It has not yet made any impact

How many people have been impacted by your project?

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Initial capital shall be contributed by the Project Management Team from their long term savings. However, once started, the Project is expected to generate enough funds in the long run to sustain itself using sales from their products.
Maintaing high quality, high volumes and low prices will help entry into the market. Also, being the first of its kind in western Uganda, it may not have stiff competition for the first few years.
There are so many industries and institutions coming up that will require sustaibable building bricks.The area also borders Democratic Republic of Congo which has a big market for building materials
Raw materials are also in plenty e.g lime, water

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Barriers might include
1.Lack of start up capital. This will solved by aggressive fundraising.
2.Failing to meet market demands and in the long run losing clients. This will solved by large scale production of bricks to meet demand.
3.Maintaining high quality international standards while maintaning low costs so the poor people can afford. This will be solved by maintaining Quality Control processes throughout the project cycle, and continuous training

Tell us about your partnerships

The main partners in this Project are individuals.
1.The mining industry (customers and suppliers of raw material)
2.Suppliers - project consumables and machinery
3.Training institutions - technical schools and universities
4.NGOs and CBOs
5.Local community

Explain your selections

Since teh project is still at fundraising level, income is expected from member savings and wellwishers

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

1.Continuous training and partnering with training institutions (staff development)
2.Scaling up production capacity - expansion
4.More land acquisition
5.Rehabilitaion of used land for other economic activities

Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.


Restricted access to new markets




Lack of access to information and networks

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

1.The innovation will open access to new markets for the products and other related products that will be as a resukt of the project's existance
2.The innovation will provide employment opportunities to especially the youth and women both with the project and those who will be constructing the houses
3.The innovation will help the youth and the other community members in teh project area to access information that will help them acquire new skills and ideas

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.




Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.
Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Government, Technology providers, NGOs/Nonprofits, For profit companies, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

Government has introduced polices to promote local investors that include • Accelerated depreciation
• Reduced or zero taxes on raw materials
• Good road network to transport raw materials and finished goods.
• Poverty eradication
• Prosperity for all

The business companies will provide market for the products
The technology providers will train and provide technical know how
NGOs and CBOs will help in community mobilisation and sensitisation
Academic institutions will help in dessimination of the technology