"Improving the Home": Rehabilitation of the habitat with a participatory focus
In the Ecuadorian Andes, 3,000 meters above sea level, 1,500 people will benefit from a rural housing reconstruction project. The main goal is to improve the habitat, starting with safe housing, by providing the families involved construction materials and assessment, as long as they are willing to intensive involvement in the process. The intervention aims to contribute to the "good living" of the community and the family through a participatory approach, together with material resources, advice and support to the families, with a focus to a participatory and democratic community and reinforcing the value of local culture.
Rural housing, an old project made with modern techniques
CasaRústica is a small construction company located in the province of Loja in southern Ecuador that works using local technologies and building materials such as clay brick, stone, wood, bamboo, chonta, adobe, bahareque and mud. The company, which built rustic house in the rural sector, is led by Servio Burneo Valarezo, a native of the area civil engineer with extensive experience in the use of EcoMaterials.
Quality: the key to a successful small tile business in Central America
Running a fruitful small business can be hugely rewarding financially and personally for those who do it successfully. However, it is also likely to be exhausting and challenging; even when using an effective business model.
Women savings coop turns into social housing provider
A group of women started a loan- and savings cooperative in El Salvador (ACAMS) and 15 years later they are the motor of development in the rural town of Tejutepeque. The earthquakes 2001 saw them distribute emergency aid while at the same time they had to repair their damaged houses. With technical advice from the EcoSur network they began producing micro concrete roofing tiles and soon helped other women's groups in the country to do the same. The next step was to provide housing for their poor cooperative members, and this has turned into a strong movement expanding into the neighbouring municipalities.
The myths of adobe
The myths of adobe....the ancient clay construction technique and earthquake safety was the theme of a seminar organized in Guatemala by CRS and the local Caritas. Two EcoSur experts and 22 participants from NGO's, University, architectural firms and the cement industry debated the possibilities of improving the safety standards of this traditional way of popular construction, still very present in rural areas.