Hydraform Blocks

The YMA are passionate about reducing the costs of our projects so the same money can go much further in serving the needs of the people we serve.

One way is to reduce building costs. Currently, we employ construction companies who charge large amounts of money for remote work and transportation.

Hydraform is a mobile apparatus that, with a small team of workers, can be taken to remote sites to make special inter-locking blocks. These blocks are made using sand and crushed stone with only 10% of the cement normally used and are hardened using a natural hydration technique. This will greatly reduce transportation and material costs.

In addition to reducing costs, this project would allow the YMA to offer training and employment to disadvantaged locals, who will be trained in all the different parts of the craft. This will give them experience in the construction trade, making them suitable for better quality jobs.

Project Costs and Savings:

Hydraform Equipment (M7MI Super Diesel) with full accessories, delivery and training
US$36,500

Hydraulic Tipper Truck (LPK 2518)
US$74,500

Total $111,000

As an example, a small Masjid typically requires 30 total deliveries of sand/clay, cement and bricks. Excluding the material costs, each delivery costs US$250 within 50km (and an additional US$50 per extra 50km). This equates to a small nearby Masjid costing US$7,500 on just the delivery of material. This means that with the construction of only 10 small Masjids the purchase of a Tipper Truck can pay for itself. As the YMA has already built over 100 Masjids, the future savings can be immense.

The cost of the savings in material is similarly significant. It costs approximately US$1 per construction block used in a Masjid. With the Hydraform equipment, our costs are calculated at US$0.35cents per block (this includes material and labour). This means that with the production of only 100,000 building blocks, the cost of the machine can be reclaimed.