The project has converted a large old derelict building in the centre of Montevideo to provide 12 flats with an average size of 50 m2. Common areas are also provided for use such as a nursery, library, laundry and a space for income generation projects. The total cost per flat of the restoration is $23,300 (1996 prices) and this is comparable to costs on the edge of the city. The project ensures that old inner-city buildings are restored to life as well as providing homes close to their work for low-income women headed households. The women established a self-help cooperative and have carried out much of the building work and administration. The ongoing maintenance is the responsibility of the cooperative.


NGO, local community, academic/research