The Nepali brick market is dominated by traditional brick producers who are notorious for causing air pollution and other health hazards. The brick they produce also often falls short in terms of quality as they mostly ignore accepted international standards. But against this norm, a Bhaktapur-based startup has been fast gaining attraction in the local brick market due to the cost efficient and modern bricks it produces.
Founded by Bikram Prajapati along with his partner Gokul Prajapati in December 2014, with an initial capital of Rs 15 million, Bajra Brick and Tile Industries is being warmly received by customers. Among the Prajapati duo, Bikram is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Pulchowk Engineering Campus whereas Gokul has been a brick businessman for 10 years who knows the tricks of the trade and is also a 50 percent share partner. Prior to the business venture, Bikram had worked as an automobile engineer for five years and collected some money which he later used to start the company.