Ever since Labour’s Housing Affordability dream was first mooted, I have been looking for ways to help labour realise the goal of a $9.50 house on a $20 section. ¬† ¬†Or something like that.
Well, once more we look overseas for a potential solution: ¬†Garbage Homes
Ingrid Vaca Diez is on a mission to build better homes for the poor.
With few funds and little support, she uses the only resource she can find in abundance – empty plastic bottles. ¬†
Her own life in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is one of relative comfort but she is shocked by the rising level of poverty she sees around her.
Though completely self-taught, she designs and builds new homes using recycled plastic bottles filled with dirt as the “bricks”. So far, she has built¬†10 of these homes.
The people she is trying to help are rural, indigenous migrants, often living in single room, dirt floor shacks.
Ingrid picks her projects based on the urgency of a family’s need. It is through her work that we will observe the broader social and economic problems facing the poor in Santa Cruz.
That’s housing affordability on a community scale.
via Al Jazeera