The two,based in Nakuru, some 120km northwest of Nairobi, are in the business of making low-cost construction materials including ventilations, paving blocks, and hollow concrete blocks, viewed in the contemporary building sector as high-tech products.
They jointly run Compassion Holdings Limited, whose productivity is mainly anchored on the functionality of the China-made mixer and compression machines, which cost a total of 23,000 U.S. dollars
“They are high quality machines which have enabled us to manufacture more than 2,000 pieces of the construction blocks daily,” Kaka told Xinhua on Monday.
It is through their enterprise that they have managed to employ 20 youth serving at various stages of their work, from manufacturing to delivering the blocks to their customers.
Ngugi said they made informed choice of buying the machine upon rigorous searches and reviews of the quality machines to meet their standards and demands.
“We had to consult and do our own searches and finally settled on the compression imported from China. We were convinced of its quality,” said Ngugi.
A block manufactured with the compression machine can last for up to 30 years as the studies on the efficiency of the equipment have shown, according to the duo.
They make the blocks from quarry dust, which is mixed with sand and cement inside a mixer and fed into the compression machine, which then molds the mixture into shape of the respective blocks.
“This is a new technology of producing the construction materials and largely reduces the expenses of building houses by up to half the total cost,” explained Ngugi.
“You no longer need cement as the principal material at the construction site if you are using the hollow blocks. You could only need it when plastering, and this by far is a relief to the pocket since you could require four wheelbarrows of sand for a bag of cement,” he noted.
The technology reduces the amount of raw input as one bag of cement can produce ready-to-use 250 concrete blocks.
The duo believe use of technology that improves ways of doing business in the country is a key to promoting creation of employment to absorb many unemployed youth in the country.
“We are happy that we have contributed to creation of employment for the youth since we have engaged 20 of them carrying out various activities on-site and off-site,” said Kaka.
Professor George Gongera, a Nairobi-based human resource development specialist whose work has involved studies on economies, argues that utilization of technology and its related devices and equipment is necessary to stimulating innovation leading to expansion of investment opportunities.
“Across the world, embracing technology is marked as the new way of creating employment. For instance, using high-tech machines producing quality products that are in demand by majority of consumers creates a marketing chain that requires people to provide services,” he said.
Kenya is one of the countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa in which China continues to strengthen its commercial and trade ties with inflow in investments.
Chinese government also offers scholarships and exchange program opportunities to Africans, including students, to share information and skills on technology in diverse sectors. Enditem