Adobe for Women
San Juan Mixtepec, Mexico . 2011 . Volunteer in construction team
Adobe for Women is a non-profit organization run by volunteers, it is focused in creating awareness about earth construction as a sustainable and inexpensive building method. AFW acts in the rural areas of Oaxaca, Mexico where adobe construction used to be the main construction method.
Volunteers and locals collaborated during many months on developing vernacular techniques of adobe construction while building 23 homes for single women living in precarious conditions. Together we developed multiple construction skills and actively participated in the erection of the houses from the foundations to the roof, including among other things manufacturing adobe bricks, mud floors, wall clay finishing and roof with wood structure and roof tiles. And building their own houses with local materials and low-tech construction techniques.