Brick Maker, Thomas Phiri

Thomas moulds bricks directly from mud. He wants to expand his business by moulding cement blocks. Usually mud brick are burnt to strengthen them and improve the quality. Baking bricks needs a lot of wood, but for molding cement blocks Thomas does not need to cut trees. Cement blocks need more water to cure. At this moment he has no reliable water source near to his house. With a borehole and rope pump he can continuously produce cement blocks. Jacana helps him with a pump and guides him for a year. For this guidance we ask a small financial contribution from you.

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Thomas is an industrious and innovative brick maker. He makes bricks directly from mud and sells them to the communities nearby. People have been purchasing his bricks for building houses, toilets, shops and other shelter buildings. Realizing the potential to grow his business in the absence of competition, he attended Jacana’s basic business training for 2 days. During the training he exhibited perseverance and eagerness to learn. At this moment Thomas wants to expand his brick molding business by molding cement blocks which after a thorough market survey he believes is on high demand. Some customers have already indicated their commitment to buy from him once he makes cement blocks.

However, during the interview Thomas highlighted the water challenges that he faces as a brick maker. He does not have reliable water sources nearby. His present water point is located outside his vicinity. He walks a kilometer to fetch water for molding bricks. Second, this water point dries up during the dry season and this slows his production.

Jacana believes Thomas has the potential to become a great entrepreneur. For this reason, Jacana has selected Thomas for a partly sponsored rope pump on a borehole. This pump will ensure continued water supply the whole year round.

In order for Jacana to provide Thomas with the rope pump and have it installed at his premise we need your financial help. Every small amount is more than welcome.

Thomas in class

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Thomas Phiri is an experienced bricklayer and brick maker from Maulawo village. He has a wife and ten children and grandchildren.

Thomas with his family

Jacana will support Thomas Phiri in:

  • Providing a partly sponsored rope pump on a manually drilled borehole.
  • Guidance in book keeping and financial management.
  • Business guidance

I want to expand into making cement blocks


Builders cannot find a supplier of cement blocks

Builders cannot find a supplier that would provide transport.

Builders cannot find a supplier that would allow buying on credit.


Quality cement blocks are available

Trucks are available for delivery (T&C)

Credit and discounts apply to regular and trusted customers.


Quality cement blocks available on special prices.

Transport is provide(T&C)


Borehole and knowledge.




Builders who are already purchasing from me.


Getting more phone calls and orders. Increased sales and profit


Phone call, business card, face book link


I think that builders will like my cement blocks, that they cannot find such a service nearby and that are willing to buy at K 5 per block.


I will take few cement blocks and ask 20 builders    GO:  10 out of 20 builders are willing to buy these blocks then its a GO


Production and transport=K50


K 5 per block

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