Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market
Technical assistance, Property rights, Sanitation, Water, Infrastructure, Citizen/community participation, Public policy.
Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention
The project is an answer to the deficient housing situation in this ethnic Community located in the urban area. No doubt, the support that is provided to this population group goes against marketing and speculation in terms of housing in our country, against insecurity of owning the land and also against exclusion and discrimination, which are very typical of our cities.
As stated above, with a first project it was possible to improve 60 houses (many of which were rebuilt). However, resources were not sufficient and there are 20 houses pending improvement, and it is pending the construction of floors and interior finishing for more than 50 houses.
Furthermore, at present there are three community bathrooms which are not enough to adequately meet the needs of the whole population.
In this connection, works to improve housing and habitat in general shall be made in different stages. However, the new Project which started in August 2010 focuses the largest portion of its funds to training / technical assistance actions, organizational empowerment and the strengthening of political incidence in order to develop self-management processes to face the problems which affect community in terms of housing, land and habitat. Therefore, it is urgent to have additional funds to improve houses (within the framework of house progressivity) as part of integral processes aiming at harmonizing constructive work with the formation of empowered and strengthened communities with proposal skills and political incidence abilities. This project has great importance due to the possibility of it being replicated by other communities which in their condition of “urban natives” have not achieved improvements in their life quality, even more when from government actions assistance to the indigenous communities is geared specifically to the rural area.
Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?
Please describe in detail the nature of the partnership(s)