Holcim Colombia: Residential housing for transporters' families.

Project Description

96 houses were built within an urbanization project in Duitama, Boyacá by the end of 2009. The project
was managed by Holcim Colombia.


The initial idea for this project was born during a certificate course in Human Development, which Holcim
had organized for Asotimonel, a truck drivers association which is affiliated to Transcem S.A., Holcim’s
transport subsidiary in Colombia: The participants formulated a housing project for their families, and it
came to life thanks to the cooperation of Holcim, the Holcim Social Foundation, several transport
companies and transporter families, the Duitama Local Mayor’s office, the social organization Comfaboy
which specializes in ameliorating workers’ living conditions, the housing credit bank Davivienda and the
construction company Ciproc.

Objectives

The project goal is to provide better living and housing conditions to the families of truck drivers. The
latter are staff members of transport companies which are Holcim sub-contractors.

Activities

 

  • The appropriate type of housing according to the budget and building plan has been defined.
  • The total costs for one house have been defined (US$19,063) and will be financed as follows:

    • Drivers’ contribution: US$ 2,778
    • Individual credit by Davivienda: US$ 9,500
    • Subsidy from the government: US$ 3,173
    • Transport company contribution: US$ 1,945
    • Holcim discount and project management: US$ 1,667

  • Credit sources have been identified and government subsidies for new housing have been requested.
  • The organization ‘One Popular Housing’ (OPV Asotimonel) was founded to develop the housing project.

 

Results

  • Asotimonel purchased 9,132 square meters of land for the development of the housing project.
  • 56 subsidies have been approved by the social organization Comfaboy.
  • The project was completed in December 2009. A total of 96 houses were built for the truck drivers’ families.
  • Asotimonel purchased 9,132 square meters of land for the development of the housing project.
  • 56 subsidies have been approved by the social organization Comfaboy.
  • By June 2008, 80 houses were built. The truck drivers' families will be moving in as soon as the entire project with 96 houses in total has been concluded.