In Peru it is estimated that 8.5 million people live in conditions that jeopardise their health and safety. Furthermore, Peru is the eighth most susceptible country to earthquakes in the world and the second most susceptible in Latin America. In Lima and Callao alone there are 515.117 dwellings that would collapse completely in an earthquake of magnitude 8.5, endangering the lives of 2.5 million people.
Swisscontact and the Hilti Foundation have developed and are implementing since 2011 in Colombia, a successful project that aims to improve the living conditions of the population and reduce the vulnerability of informal housing by promoting safe, healthy and sustainable construction practices in vulnerable sectors. Since May 2015 the project is being replicated in Peru and is being implemented under the following 4 areas of intervention:
- Research and development of alternative building solutions
- Professional training for the sector's workforce
- Development of a market for safe, healthy and sustainable building services
- The creation of alliances to institutionalise the project
- 5,000 employees in the informal construction sector will have received technical training developed by the project. 750 of them will receive additional support for their business skills.
- 50% of the workers who received technical training reporting an increase in their earnings that is expected to average more than 15%. 65% of the workers who received complementary support for their business skills reporting an average increase in their earnings of 30%.
- 15,000 owners aware of the risks relating to informal construction and the importance of using high quality materials.
- 3,000 owners receive training in basic construction practice.
- 20,000 residents of marginal settlements living in homes that have been built or renovated by workers trained in good construction practice.
- Interested parties in the public and private sectors in at least 4 regions of Peru are implementing the concepts developed by the project and their regional governments have adopted the concepts and are implementing them in a sustainable manner.
- A model of public-private cooperation and another model for sustainable cooperation.