PERU  Story by Nalda, 29 years sp

I would like to introduce the settlement of San Gabriel. With approximately 65 families, it is located in the district of Carabayllo, in Lima, Peru. Each home has a family of at least 5 people, the majority of which are of low economic resources and do not have stable jobs. The fathers sometimes work in the nearby countryside or as cabdrivers or in masonry and the mothers are housewives and participate in handicraft workshops.
  The majority of the houses are made from “mapresa” (pressed cardboard) but others are made of higher quality material (cement and bricks). In some cases the houses are made of mats. The roofs are made from a corrugated material, or mats, which protect them from the rain in July and August.