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Habitat for Humanity Paraguay to help teachers improve their housing conditions

January 24, 2011

Habitat for Humanity Paraguay, in partnership with the Multiactiva Cooperative UNE Ltda and the National Educators Union UNE-SN, will help teachers and their families access housing subsidies or low-interest credit for the construction of home construction, improvements amplifications, as well as technical assistance and training.

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay (January 24, 2011) – With the aim of facilitating access to new or improved housing for teachers and their families who suffer from inadequate housing conditions, Habitat for Humanity Paraguay, the Multiactiva Cooperative UNE Ltda and the National Educators Union UNE-SN, have formed an inter-institutional partnership, formalized on January 18, 2011.

Through this partnership, the three organizations will combine efforts to assist teachers and their families in accessing adequate housing. Habitat for Humanity Paraguay will facilitate technical support for obtaining housing subsidies or low-interest credit for the construction of new houses and home improvements or amplifications. The organization will also offer technical assistance in construction and financial education workshops to the families. The Multiactiva Cooperative UNE Ltda will facilitate the family selection process and will manage credit payments to be redistributed into Habitat Paraguay’s rotating fund for housing.

Habitat for Humanity has worked in Paraguay since 1989, facilitating more than 1,400 housing solutions as of December of 2010.

The National Educator’s Union UNE-SN is an autonomous, participatory and democratic national trade union that works in solidarity with other sectors. The Union is affiliated with the National Workers Central (CNT) in Paraguay, as well as the Latin American Federation of Educational and Cultural Workers (FLATEC).

The Multiactiva Cooperation UNE Ltda seeks to promote and strengthen unity and cooperation to improve the economic, social and professional wellbeing of teachers, and aids in establishing mutual support systems and collaboration among cooperatives.

5 houses in 5 days… Building Dreams
As part of this three way partnership, a construction event will be held from February 6-11, 2011, in the town of Limpio. During the event, five houses will be built in five days with the support of a large volunteer work team from the state of Colorado, U.S.A. The volunteers are part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village program, which coordinates short-term volunteer work trips with hosting Habitat organizations around the world.

About Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean
Habitat for Humanity
first opened its doors in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 1979, and has since helped more than 100,000 low-income families to access adequate housing in the region. Headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin America and Caribbean regional office coordinates the efforts of 16 national organizations, as well as unique partnerships throughout the region. For more information, visit habitatlatino.org.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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