Peru is very prone to earthquakes and many houses in risk areas do not comply with the most basic construction requirements. This places those people living in densely populated and poor neighbourhoods at high risk.
During his stay, Hilti’s CEO visited the district of Villa El Salvador, south of the capital Lima. Here he learned first hand about the construction process and the so-called progressive construction method – a common method used in Peru and fraught with considerable risks, for it involves building a house in stages over a period of many years. He met with project beneficiaries, including homeowners and master builders, who reaffirmed the project’s positive impact of the project on their lives. During this field visit, Mr Loos spoke with some of the homeowners who participated in the safe construction awareness campaigns promoted by the project. Marcela Atanacio was one of them; the homeowner shared what she learned from the awareness activity that took place in her area and told her story about building her home progressively over time.
In order for homeowners to be able to draw on qualified builders and reliable construction services, the project helps train builders in safe construction. The training teaches participating master builders about good construction practices via the learning by doing approach in practical exercises. The master builders emphasize the importance of training to improve their work.
The exchange between the delegation from Switzerland and project beneficiaries took place during such a training event. In this way, Hilti CEO, Christoph Loos, gained a good understanding of the Hilti Foundation’s role in the region, and he was able to verify the positive impact the Construya project has had.
This project is financed by the Hilti Foundation. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).