WHAT WE ARE
Casita de Barro works with the people of Tecuanipan in order to create a community based on social justice. Together, we create ways of sustainable living. Moreover, we coordinate an afterschool program that involves the youngsters of Tecuanipan and offers them quality education. For us, it is very important that all of this is based on a relation of trust.
We want to be a reference for the families of Tecuanipan who are searching for ways of sustainable living. Casita the Barro tries to be an inspiration for these families, and our experience with sustainable living and construction techniques invites people to apply and improve these techniques in their own manner.
In order to achieve all of this, we keep close partnerships with local organizations.
WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE
TO BE SUSTAINABLE
In Casita de Barro we work towards sustainability by applying some techniques of permaculture. We have for example a vegetable garden which we sustain in a natural way, and which fruit and vegetables we consume; we compost organic waste and the residues of our dry toilet, and use both of these to make fertile soil; we build with local, natural and recycled materials; and we use rainwater and solar energy. Moreover, we commercialize products with added value and so create alternative sources of income.
TO SHARE AND EXCHANGE KNOWLEDGE
Our experiences with sustainable living and the interaction with local families allow us to create models for natural food production and other ecological techniques. With the afterschool program, we also keep pursuing an educational purpose.
TO CREATE AN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
We try to commercialize the products that families in Tecuanipan obtain from their own gardens. This commercialization takes form in the manner of a cooperative society.