Juana is a 75 year old woman who works as a housemaid, and who has raised all five of her grandchildren. Two of her grandchildren still live with her. Roberto Jose is 21 years old and loves baseball and cooking, the latter of which he puts to use by making empanadas to sell in the communty, which helps bring in income. He was recently in a motorbike accident and is still walking with a limp. The other grandchild, Oliver, is 16 and does not go to school, but works in a nearby supermarket.Their current home does not have a concrete floor and the roof leaks a lot. Most of their tin roofing came from the tear down of some houses that Live Different built last fall (as it’s common for people in this community to reuse materials to improve their homes as much as possible). They’re looking forward to having a new, safe and healthy home where Juana can live out the rest of her life, and where she can continue to care for her family!
Live Different chooses to employ and work alongside local labourers and tradespeople in communities where we have established connections and relationships. No family is ever simply a “project” for us, and each family is chosen and approved through a process with local community workers. Each home is one that will be built with love, hope, and dignity – together.