Bricks to Bread

Changing Lives with a Brick and a Loaf

Bricks to Bread International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps build brick ovens for Costa Rican families seeking a sustainable source of income. Brick ovens not only help provide a family with an income, but they also bring communities together. The ovens often become a focal point in the town, become a gathering place for community events, and encourage comradery by welcoming all to participate in the build.

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Bricks to Bread Social Injustice Response

August 8, 2020 Dear Friends, Greetings from Costa Rica. I sincerely hope that you and your family are safe and in good health. So much has changed in our daily lives, so many new challenges and new norms. We’ve been watching with heartfelt pain the tragedy of George Floyd’s death, all that followed, and all […]


One of the co-founders, Nancy Alvarado, served as a Peace Corps in volunteer in Costa Rica from 1989 to 1992. While there she developed many relationships. She also met and married her husband, a Costa Rican native. Therefore, Bricks to Bread currently has strong ties to Costa Rica.

With the help of contacts at Costa Rican service organizations Bricks to Bread identifies a local family, who not only has the interest and desire to run their own business, but also has the drive to be successful. Community ovens often go unattended after the novelty has worn off and fall into disrepair. Helping a family build and begin their business ensures the oven will be used for the purpose intended; providing a family with a sustainable income and ensuring the whole community will continue to benefit from it.

Our brick ovens are built for a family in need that shows an aptitude to be able to manage, maintain, and use it properly. Rural Costa Rican communities rarely have access to fresh baked goods. Breads from a brick oven are healthier (and tastier!) than aged, over-processed bread. These ovens not only provide needed resources; they also give families the opportunity to bake and sell their goods as a means to support their families.

Bricks to Bread Social Injustice Response

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  • On August 9, 2020

Bricks to Bread COVID-19 Response

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  • On July 28, 2020

Bricks to Bread Receives Grant from Eurofins

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  • On April 26, 2020

Bricks to Bread Featured in Peace Corps Stories

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  • On February 18, 2020

Build #4 is in the books!

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  • On January 20, 2020

La Esmeralda de Siquirres visits San Marcos.

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  • On November 3, 2019