Using plastic bottles, Bolivian woman builds hundreds of houses for the poor

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As being from a lawyer profession, Ingrid Vaca Diez has always stood up for the rights of her clients at any cost and at any time. And as always this time also, she is standing up for another fabulous cause—helping the poor to have their own houses. 

The professional lawyer from Bolivia never thought to become an architect but this idea hit her mind after her husband commented on the piles of empty plastic bottles she collected on their patio.

Her husband saw all the useless plastic bottles near their court that were piled up high that he later said to Diez she probably had enough bottles to build a house.

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Her husband’s words quickly bumped her and thoughts hastened to her mind. What if she could actually build affordable houses for the families in need from the waste?

Nevertheless, it did not come across Diez how severe the issue was until she visited a local school near her area and asked the kids to write a letter of what they wanted for Christmas.

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One of the kids wrote that all she wanted was for extra rooms for her family as they currently had to live in a small house which is not enough for them and it has also leakage problem as it is made of rubber and cartons.

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Understanding that her idea could truly give a positive impact to the underprivileged families in her country, Diez was inspired to start the project without thinking further after that.

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Nowadays, Empty bottles can be very easily found everywhere almost and they are way cheaper than bricks. To make the empty plastic bottles solid, powerful and long-lasting, Diez stuffed them with dirt and sand and uses the bottles as bricks to build the houses.

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For a house of 1,830 square feet, it takes about 36,000 empty plastic bottles.

Even though she has no prior experience in building a house, Diez has managed to help build 300 houses so far by using millions of empty plastic bottles.

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Well, Diez’s story here proves that sometimes, cheap and creative solutions can be a great option at solving problems of people.

The amazing thing is that for building these houses she had no funds and no experience in building a house but that did not stop her from helping the families in need to have a home of their dream.

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