A typical catch is between 5 to 15 kilos. One kilo sells for around $2.
Mari Luz and Bolívar now run a small business from their family home. Fish are cleaned and weighed, and sold to customers who walk through the house to buy fish in her kitchen. She also sells a range of dry food.
For Mari Luz, keeping the environment clean is doubly important – for both her family and customers.
Before I had to rinse everything – cockroaches, mice and geckos would walk on the food, dust would fall from the mud walls, everything was very dirty.
– Mari Luz
While most of the community are connected to the main water supply, service is irregular. When water is unavailable, many residents are forced to rely on water from the lake, which is unsuitable for human
Mari Luz helped design a new kitchen for the family. Before, it was made of mud and a wooden pallet. Now it is made of bricks and concrete, with walls and a floor. A woodstove was replaced with a gas cooker to reduce smoke. Tiles were used to create cooking surfaces that are easier to keep clean. A rainwater tank means there is no longer a need to use lake water when clean water supplies are unavailable.
“People like to buy from me because they know it has been prepared in a clean environment.”
We must cherish it [our new kitchen],
enjoy it, and take good care of it.
– Mari Luz
"50,000 Homes" is a national initiative of the Government of Colombia. UNOPS is an implementing partner, tasked with upgrading around 4,000 individual homes for approximately 20,000 individuals across the country.
In Santa Clara, homes for all 25 families in the community were upgraded.
Of the more than 20,000 residents of Luruaco, nearly 5,000 have poor quality housing. In Luruaco, UNOPS improved homes for approximately 750 people in 150 families, focusing on those most in need of better living conditions.
HOW IT WORKS
1.Local governments work with communities to identify families who are most in need of help.
2. UNOPS assesses each home, focusing on sustainability factors – for example, families must own their homes, buildings must meet minimum safety standards and be in a stable geographic location.
3. Families who meet the criteria are allocated approximately $3,000 each to improve their homes. This sum can be divided between a kitchen, a bathroom, a roof, a floor or an extension in any way.
4. A UNOPS engineer works with a social worker and each family to design individual plans to upgrade each property. This is based on the family’s needs, social priorities in the home or community, and the best architectural options.
5. Once plans are agreed it takes around four weeks to upgrade each home.