In Malawi, many people live in traditional mud huts. Dark mud is collected from a nearby river. People use banana leaves to make the mud smooth. Huts are also built with home-made bricks. Clay from the ground is mixed with water, then fired in a big oven for three weeks!

Inside, families often sleep all together in a single room. The kitchen and toilet are often outside.

Esau made a grain store for his mum for them to keep their food in. The family’s grain for a whole year is stored here. Sometimes the grain stores are raided at night or animals like goats and pigs get into them and eat all the food.

“First I made the bricks, then I made a paste of soil mixed with water, then I put soil on top of the bricks. I started at the bottom and did it bit by bit. Then I felt really great.”

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