In collaboration with Women for Women International, the Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza was designed as a means of energizing the community’s subsistence-agriculture economy through female empowerment. In particular, the design of the Women’s Opportunity Center takes social equity into consideration, by weaving job training into the scheme. Future students were assigned to manufacture the pavilions’ bricks, using clay extracted from nearby sites as well as a manual press method adapted from local building techniques.
The primary goal of this project extended beyond merely introducing brick-making skills to women. It also aimed to identify opportunities for enhancement in the brick-making process itself. Through extensive research and rigorous testing, our team was able to establish an effective and sustainable way of producing bricks within the community. This approach not only provided the necessary infrastructure for the Women’s Opportunity Center but also left a lasting impact by empowering women with valuable skills and contributing to the overall development of the community’s economy