Omary Mchuchuri

We still don’t get enough customers and we don’t have specific customers for our bricks so that makes it hard to have a guarantee of customers. Also our machines still can’t produce a large number of bricks, but if you compare now and when we were starting we have really made a progress.

Journey

What did Omary Mchuchuri do before he became a brick maker?

Omary was a government lawyer before he retired. Unfortunately, 3 of his 6 children were having trouble finding stable reliable work, and he wanted to do something to help the family.

Why did he decide to get involved in the brick making business?

Omary chose the brick-making business because it’s all done in one place and there is a big demand for different types of bricks in Lindi. The business doesn’t require him to travel or move around, which he doesn’t like doing. Omary’s bricks range from Red interlock, silver blocks and Hydro form bricks.

“I am old now, and with this business it doesn’t need me to move around a lot,” said Omary “Also my son Mohamed is managing almost everything these days. So I just pitch in where I am needed.”

What steps did he take to start up his business?

Omary took a loan from CRDB bank of 50 million TSh to start this business. He bought a farm for 12 million TSh, machines and other equipment for 26million TSh and the remaining money he used for construction and other business related expenses.

What was it like in the beginning?

“The hardest thing in the beginning was finding potential customers, and then producing enough bricks to satisfy these customers,” said Omary. “A big issue was our dependence on local machines which were not always available.”

What challenges does he still face?

Omary still has trouble finding enough customers and access to the needed equipment.

“We still don’t get enough customers and we don’t have specific customers for our bricks so that makes it hard to have a steady flow of orders. Also our machines still can’t produce a large number of bricks, but if you compare now and when we were starting, we have really made a progress. Right now we sell not less than 2000 bricks a month and we have 3 branches of Mbanula investment (Name of the brick company).”

What help do you need to advance your business?

Omary is clear about what he needs to advance the business. “What would really make a difference is help with our sales and marketing.”