Some building materials have been unavailable in Malawi due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Quarry dust is one of those materials.  Quarry dust is an ingredient in making concrete blocks.  However, our builder (see has been evaluating material substitutions in order form blocks that can used to build a strong and lasting home.  The image demonstrates some of the trial run cement blocks produced by the builder recently.

The image below is an example of a production run of cement blocks (Not ours).  They are produced by a small machine with a crew of 4 to 5 guys.  

A few facts:

  • Our home design requires 10,000 blocks
  • The blocks represent about 50% of the cost of the home in Mpangeti
  • It is cheaper to form the blocks at the construction site (transportation cost)
  • Blocks are used to ensure structural integrity during flooding and high winds

Cement blocks for building or residential construction