Why Focus on Women?

Why Focus on Women?

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Mar 24, 2011
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In the indigenous village of San Juan Mixtepec, in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, 60% of the men (mostly youth and family heads) emigrate, mainly to the United States. 84.5% do not return.

Thanks to a Kickstarter, $5K will go to Agri-tecture Training for Women in Rural Mexico and another adobe house will be built with and by the women of San Juan Mixtepec. This training program and prototype will be the foundation to building a sustainable social enterprise for the community.

In April, the Agri-tecture team will be working alongside 20 women in the village to design and construct an off the grid building made from appropriate materials such as clay and bamboo. Stay tuned for updates as we document the project's evolution through stop frame animation, interviews and a series of large format photographs.

What is Agri-tecture?
Yeah, we were wondering when you were going to ask that. 1 in 2 buildings on the planet are made from natural building materials yet most R&D is focused on the glassy metal pointy ones. Agri-tecture is the marriage of the built and natural building environment...If buildings were vegetarians they would be argi-tecture.

p.s. It's not too late to back this project. Anything over $5K will go towards additional homes.
Click here and raise more to build more.