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Pictures from Ocotillo

Improper drainage and high clay soils lead to washouts in heavy rains. Note also the large amount of litter in the street.

Inside one of the CEPUDO houses. This one was not completed by the family (the walls are unfinished).


Backyard at the first CEPUDO house I visited. They don't use the burner that was given to them because propane is too expensive. Instead they cook outside (at least they have built a make-shift structure with a roof). Note the pit-latrine and piles of garbage. They also keep chickens in the yard.

The chickens.

Scrap metal fence at the second CEPUDO house. You can see that the house has been partially finished, at least the outside is plastered (light blue).

The woman who owns the house has had her water shut off. She is collecting rainwater which is actually very smart because the groundwater is likely polluted by the nearby landfill (tests need to be done). However, mosquitoes breed in the standing water which encourages the spread of dengue and malaria (not much yellow fever in this area).

The woman of the house. She is explaining to us about the burner and gas situation. The gas costs 200 limpera per bottle but the bottle deposit is 700 limpera. She makes 10 limpera per garbage bag full of plastic bottles (she might be able to collect 2 bags in a day). She cooks on a kerosene stove inside the house. Very dangerous!

The woman's bedroom that she shares with her young children. Her oldest son gets his own room.

Stockpiling bottles. This is actually a good strategy for increasing value if she is able to bypass the middle man and go directly to small industry or material processors with a larger quantity of recyclable materials.