San Juan Mixtepec and Santiago Ayuquillila, Oaxaca, Mexico The construction of 14 houses in San Juan Mixtepec and another 7 in Santiago Ayuquillila is coming to an end. Follow some of the final developments of each house on our Project Developments page.
The Adobe for Women Association has applied to The Buckminster Fuller Challenge with the project "20 Houses, 20 Women". This award may be the help needed to conclude the building phase of the project and for the families to finally move into their new homes.
We will keep you updated!
“The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is an annual international design Challenge awarding $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.”
On the 27th October 2012, the Adobe for Women association hosted an art auction at Carpe Diem - Art and Research in Lisbon. The money raised will go towards the project 20 Women, 20 Houses underway in Mexico. The auction, of 115 drawings, was a success and over 4.000€ was raised!
The money will be used to finish the roofs of the houses. The women of this project received th news with joy and encouragement.
Adobe for Women is a non-profit association, founded in 2011, whose goal is the recovery and education of earth construction techniques; this is our contribution to a more human and sustainable use of space and the planet’s resources.
The goal of this Project is to build 20 sustainable houses in the indigenous village of San Juan Mixtepec, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
The houses are intended for 20 women in difficult circumstances who will participate in the building process. They will slowly appropriate their future home and simultaneously re find their self esteem, work abilities and hope that will transform the spaces into safe, caring places for their families.
The houses are energy efficient and built with local materials such as adobe and bamboo.
Each house costs only 3 830,84€ (the price of half a square meter in Paris or Amsterdam or a square meter in the Baltic capitals).
These women have fought their whole lives for their children and their dignity. With our work and your help, they may continue to do this in their own home.
Lucila Ramirez Chaves
"I am 32 years old and I live in the municipal center. My husband died and I stayed with 4 children and I work in the fields. I don’t have a house, I live with my mother-in-law. Sometimes she hurts me, abuses my daughters because they are lazy. I have been told about the project, I ask warmly that you help me please. My brother gave me a piece of land, the measurements are 10x15."