Basic Units in Barrio Germán Pomares

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Fundación para el Desarrollo Social de Nicaragua FUNDESONIC
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To provide units to poor families in Masaya FUNDESONIC used the same prefabricated system as the former project. It was very complicated to negotiate tax reduction for this social housing project. Heavy rains also delayed the process for the families could not initiate construction as planned. Coordination with local authorities and community leaders made possible to inform families about the project and to obtain additional resources. Families who needed to legalize their sites were assisted by the NGO and the building process carefully supervised by the technical team. Finally 40 houses were finished in October. A lesson learned by FUNDESONIC is that NGOs working in the construction sector need to accumulate technical experience and knowledge to be effective. Another lesson is that communities should be part of the project to achieve sustainability, and that NGOs working with a community based approach should organize to be able to compete with initiatives developed by the private sector. Contact: Joseth Guillén M