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A Community of Collectively Owned Property in Bolivia
Date: Monday, April 15
Activity Code: S393
Room: Riverside Center Exhibition Hall
Hábitat Para la Mujer Comunidad María Auxiliadora (Habitat for Women, Community Maria Auxiliadora Community) is an NGO that established a community of roughly 370 residents that share collectively owned property in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and whose residents work together to build an environment that supports women as leaders and families. The community was established in 1999 to put family values first, support women leadership at home and within the community, and allow low-income families the opportunity to build a home. Through grant funding implemented by APA, the community will focus on reaching three goals: strengthen and promote collective property rights; develop women's leadership skills; and build a school for women's leadership. The activities complement the community's efforts to create a formal, well-planned community that organizes the community and respects the environment by optimizing communal open space and using affordable green construction. The community’s efforts in this project are made possible by the ECPA Urban planning Initiative with funding through the U.S. Department of State and implemented by APA. Project implementation runs from September 2012 to July 2013. This initiative supports Latin American and Caribbean based planning projects geared towards addressing the challenges presented by climate change.