One of the most basic needs of a family in La Ladrillera is housing. FLF has designed a two bedroom house that has a concrete base and floor, a bamboo structure, and a metal roof. The house provides shelter, electricity and plumbing - but is open air for ventilation. The house also comes with an indoor or outdoor stove that uses one third of the wood of a regular fire, as well as avoiding all of the health risks of smoke and burns.
Here is how the program works:
Families needing a home submit an application to our team leader in La Ladrillera, Francisco Chay Garcia (who we call Don Chico). Don Chico is the head of security for the town La Ladrillera and a respected town leader. Don Chico recommends a family to FLF for a house based on their need and their ability to pay back a no-interest loan. The cost of a house is $5,000. FLF grants $2500 of this cost, and loans the family the remaining $2500. The family pays the loan back over 10 years with no interest, with a single payment at the time of the coffee harvest. All payments are used to fund other needs in the village.
FLF also gifts homes to families whose ability to support their families has been compromised due to injury, illness or death. We are currently building our third "gifted" home in La Ladrillera, thanks to generous donors in 2015.
Once a family is selected for a home, FLF contacts home-builder Nicolas Yax and his crew of local residents to begin construction, paying for labor and materials through FLF foundation funds. This program not only provide housing, it employs workers in the community.
Donors can sponsor a house and get to know the family they sponsored.
If you would like to be a part of FLF's bamboo housing program by donating to this program, please contact us today!
Don Chico - Head of Security for La Ladrillera and FLF Team Leader
Nicolas Yax - Bamboo home builder
Don Chico and Darryl Dewberry inspect a home in constrction.
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