The Hoes Join the Shovels in Guatemala

Mixing concrete on the ground is a worldwide problem

We have made it clear that we blame the shovels and not the poor for the problems of bad concrete. The shovels are a symbol of a failed concrete construction practice, and these shovels are a visible reminder of this problem in developing countries.

Now it seems that the hoe has joined the shovel in the mixing ditches of Guatemala. Guatemala is a country that needs help with their concrete supply chain, just like many other developing nations.

They dig the footings extra deep in Guatemalan earthquake zones as an added safety measure. Extra engineering is a good idea for a school, a home or any structure that is at risk of quake-failure. And we know from sad experience that the risks are high for the children who live and play under these structures.

Sadly in this Guatemalan village the concrete is still mixed on the ground…

Mixing concrete...with shovels and hoes, 3 Cups of Guatemalan Coffee: You're Building 2 Schools !!, Guatemala
This travel blog photo’s source is TravelPod page: Second schoolhouse almost finished!
Deep foundation important in earthquake zone!, 3 Cups of Guatemalan Coffee: You're Building 2 Schools !!, Guatemala
This travel blog photo’s source is TravelPod page: Second schoolhouse almost finished!

The industrialized countries of the world must find ways to extend their technology into the poorest nations of the world. Until we make an effort to change concrete construction for the better, we will continue to spend the worlds resources over and over again as we rebuild and rebuild again.

Bruce Christensen is the author at CementTrust

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About cementtrust

I am a director with Cement Trust and passionate about improving cement-based production in the poorest nations of the world.
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2 Responses to The Hoes Join the Shovels in Guatemala

  1. Elder Sparks says:

    Help!!!! I want to buy a small cement mixer in Guatemala. Where do I find one? They are very cheap in the USA and there must be an importer here? Where do I find him/her?

    • cementtrust says:

      The size and quality of the mixer should be considered prior to purchase…
      If there is only the need to complete 1 small project then a little inexpensive contractor mixer would be fine. These can be purchased from online sources like Harbor Freight or Northern Tool. These smaller mixers can only produce 4 to 6 cubic feet on mix per batch and you should develop some sort of standard batching systems to keep the quality and consistency up. If you need a robust mixer with a capacity in the 1/2 meter or more, then your choices get more expensive and there are fewer manufacturers in that space. You could begin your larger mixer research by exploring the web and possible using the information on the Concrete MD to assist you in your search. Purchasing mixers in Guatemala is not something that I have any expertise with, so I hope that this will help you.

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