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Solution by: ¡Échale! a tu Casa

Empowering Communities to Build Sustainably  Échale a tu Casa is mobilizing families to self-build attainable and sustainable housing, generating employment and facilitating development in the community.

SOCIAL According to WHO, a proper home reduces the risk of transmittable and chronic diseases. 2

THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE

ENVIRONMENTAL Échale uses locally sourced blocks made of 90% earth, which improves insulation and thus saves energy.

ECONOMIC By using local materials and labor, this program creates local jobs and growth.

Millions of families in Latin America do not have proper housing. Échale a tu Casa strives to give these families a housing solution that is attainable, decent, and limits the environmental footprint of construction by using low-carbon earth blocks and equiping houses with green technologies like rainwater harvesting, solar power, and wood-saving stoves. Through education, workshops, and technical assistance, the Échale a tu Casa program empowers communities to build energy-efficient houses, made of locally sourced materials. By making communities a part of the solution, the program creates jobs and education and ensures that the proposed solution fulfils the needs of the community. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? Throughout Latin America, 59 million individuals are either homeless or live in dwellings that are unsuitable for habitation . To date, Échale a tu Casa has provided homes to more than 30,000 families and facilitated more than 150,000 home improvements benefiting approximately one million individuals.

“Échale a tu Casa believes that a key component to creating a social business is making the community the axis of the program.” FRANCESCO PIAZZESI, FOUNDER AND CEO, ECHALE A TU CASA

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MEXICO DEPLOYED IN ...

COLOMBIA, MEXICO, SOUTH AFRICA

1 Inter-American Development Bank. “Room for Development: Housing Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean.” 2012. 2

WHO. “International Workshop on Housing, Health and Climate Change. Meeting Report.” 2010.

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