We seek to eliminate housing poverty in Paraguay by providing resources to make housing solutions possible for families who cannot afford traditional loans.
Since 1998, we have supported more than 4,500 families. We are committed to supporting families who cannot afford traditional housing loans by granting credits for the construction of houses at a low cost. Habitat for Humanity also provides technical assistance to help build and repair homes and offers construction materials at an affordable cost. Families repay loans to Habitat over time through affordable mortgages.
In the country, thousands of farmers and indigenous families have been expelled from the land through corruption. More than 85% of the land parcels greater than 500 hectares (1,235 acres) are owned by just 2.6% of landowners. This polarisation of land tenure is accentuated year after year and directly relates to the housing situation.
An estimated 1.1 million houses are needed, according to the SENAVITAT 2011- PLANHAVI Report, and this number grows every year. In addition, 43 out of 100 families— 39% in urban areas and 50% in rural areas — live in an inadequate house, according to a report by the Inter-American Development Bank.