Obesity a plus for Labour Housing Affordability plans

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

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