parry ernsberger
February 06, 2013 9:30 am

Remember the wonderful women in North Carolina that raised literal roofs for those in need? Turns out there’s a woman in Bolivia who has decided to take charitable construction into her own hands as well!

When Ingrid Vaca Diez noticed the escalating poverty problem in her town of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, she decided to do something about it. Diez, who works as a lawyer, auditor and company administrator, was appalled to discover the number of people with small, single room shacks and dirt floors.

Without any prior experience in architecture or design, very little funding and a love of social labor, Diez started collecting recycled plastic bottles to fill with dirt. Then, she got to work. With the abundance of bottles she was able to collect, Diez began building homes for families based on urgency of need. To date, she has constructed more than 10 homes and as a practicing lawyer, continues to defend women and children suffering from abuse. And what does she want in return?

That’s the good stuff right there. Anybody else want to go get your hands dirty?!

Featured image via Casa Con Botellas

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