Housing Improvement in Los Laureles Sur

Year Execution: 
2009
Country: 
Nicaragua
Organization in Charge: 
FUNDESONIC
USD: 
20,000
Nº of Families helped: 
30
Zone: 
Urban
Description: 

30 families were selected among the poorest of the community, and a follow up committee organized. After a field visit to their homes it was decided to build 26 basic incremental units and 4 housing improvements, including reinforced structures, roofs and walls. Technical and social assistance was provided by FUNDESONIC on the field to complete the different stages of building, from land leveling to roofing. Six social training activities addressed topics such as participation, group work, community savings, housing improvement techniques and maintenance of the building and services. Families organized savings strategies to collaborate with a down payment of US$ 100. The families who had more problems to save were helped by the community to complete this sum. Promoting participation of the families made the project sustainable for they now are capable of adding more rooms to their houses and to teach other neighbours to do the same. The project is visited by different NGOs and communities as a model to be replicated in other parts of the city. Contact: Joseth Guillén fundesonic2005@yahoo.com.mx