A little over 4 years after the project began, the Adobe for Women Project has finally reached its conclusion. In June 2015, the last windows and doors were installed and now each one of the 23 houses is finally inhabited and fully functioning. 
Adobe for Women is a non-profit association, founded in 2011, whose objective was to build 23 adobe houses, 16 in the village of San Juan Mixtepec and 7 in Santiago Ayuquililla, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.  Created by Arquitectos Artesanos, Rootstudio and blaanc, Adobe for Women, was a response to the request of a group of women who organized themselves and asked for assistance to help them build their homes.
The houses are destined for 23 women and their families in various difficult circumstances. Each one of them participated either in the building process or in providing assistance to the volunteers. They will slowly appropriate their future homes and simultaneously, hope, that will transform the spaces into safe, caring places for their families.
The construction of the first house began in March of 2011 which led to the production of more than 40.000 adobe bricks using earth from the surrounding areas. The following stages required volunteers that went regularly (mostly on weekends) to work on these houses from the foundations, to the adobe bricks, the floor tiles, roof structure and roof tiles.
This project relied on hundreds of volunteers that came from Mexico and around the world to help build these houses along with RootStudio and several regular volunteers. To all of them, our gratitude.


Final Stages of Construction
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.


See how you can help the Adobe for Women Association by offering an Orikomi this Christmas!
A lampshade, a decorative item or original lighting...
Handmade origami objects made by blaanc.
Profits revert towards the Adobe for Women Association.
Give more this Christmas. Order one!
To receive your Orikomi order directly via info@blaanc.com
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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.”

More information http://challenge.bfi.org


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.

To see photos of the event click here.

© Luiz Bustamante 2012 copyright - All rights reserved.

A special thank you to all the artists that contributed and to all those who made the event possible.


The auction, which will feature works of various authors from different artistic fields, will be held on 27 October at Carpediem - Art and Research in Lisbon, between 16h and 19h.
The event has free entry.

More information about the event: 


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."