In Paraguay, 700 families will have a better quality of life

ASUNCION, Paraguay (February 23, 2016) — Residents of the Chacarita shanty town, in the heart of Asuncion, know very well what flooding is. For years they have endured the ravages of the Paraguay River, which has forced them to move constantly and to live in inadequate conditions.

That is why the Multilateral Investment Fund (Fomim), member of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), and Habitat for Humanity Paraguay signed an agreement to develop a neighborhood transformation project in the area called Chacarita Alta.

The project’s objective is to improve housing and thus the quality of life of over 700 families in the area, promoting a process of community participation and supporting the residents’ economic activities.

A neighborhood transformation model that has been successful in Medellin, Colombia, will be used. In the future, this project will serve as an example for housing improvement investments undertaken by the Municipality of Asuncion or the National Secretary of Housing and Habitat (SENAVITAT) of Paraguay.

The chairman of the board of Habitat for Humanity Paraguay, Werner Schroeder, stressed the importance of developing such projects, because it helps to achieve more organized and inclusive cities.

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