Plastic bottles have been filled with water and used to provide natural lighting, and now they have been filled with dirt and used to build houses. In Bolivia, nearly 50% of the population lives below the poverty line. This means that housing is a huge problem and many don’t have the necessary funds to live in suitable accomodation.
Ingrid Vaca Diez from Santa Cruz is trying to fix this problem by building better places to live for the poor. She designs and builds new homes out of recycled material, using readily available plastic bottles that have been discarded and filling them with dirt to create ‘bricks’ for the houses.
She chooses her projects based on the urgency of a family’s need and has built ten homes so far. Al Jazeera has followed Ingrid on her mission in ‘Garbage Homes’, which you can see in the video below: