Nomadic people need permanent structures only occasionally for seasonal storage, to start a small shop near their well, for cereal bank or fodder bank storage, and if they want a school they must pay a contractor a high price to bring materials and laborers from the city. If the building ever needs repairs they must pay him again. Structures are rare in nomadic territory, but they are needed.
The Earthbag building program is based on a type of building invented to allow the poorest families to build their own structures using a material available to them: the earth.
As one of our ongoing educational programs at Tamesna we brought a team of experts from the US to teach the skills of earthbag building to a group made up of nomadic people and local workers already skilled in building who can become future trainers in this method.
During this program built three dome structures in three weeks’ time. The skills to build future ones remain after the experts left. With this education, the nomads at Tamesna should be able to finish construction of their school out-buildings at a greatly reduced price, build their own storage and community structures and have a skill set that can earn them income. See the details of the earthbag building project on our blog.