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Villa Soleada Village

Villa Soleada Village

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The History

In 2006, our organization met with nearly 100 families from the largest riverbed shantytown in El Progreso.

They lacked access to basic necessities such as adequate housing, clean water, sewage, electricity, jobs, or a school. They lived in houses made of cardboard, rotting tin, and plastic sheets. They were in constant danger of being assaulted or attacked because of their close proximity to a gang stronghold. They were in constant danger of being flooded due to the river the houses were built next to. They had no legal ownership of the land they were squatting on, and were in constant fear of getting kicked out. Many people were illiterate and had received very few years of schooling, preventing them from getting jobs.  Unfortunately, this continues to be the reality for millions of Hondurans.

The families were willing to do whatever it took to provide their children with a better life. In 2007, the community members found a beautiful, 13-acre plot of land in northern El Progreso. Our organization purchased the plot, and 44 families decided to move into the new village, which they named Villa Soleada.

The community put in many hours of their time,  working for two consecutive years to turn the swampland into a new village. The village now has clean drinking water, a eco- friendly sewage system, electricity, 44 homes, road access, 3 soccer fields, a bilingual school, 2 children’s homes, a hostel, and steady access to employment from our organization as construction workers, cooks, drivers and project  managers.

Many families are a part of our micro-finance branch, La Ceiba, which has given them access to small loans for starting a business, paying school tuition or keeping up with bills.  Although the majority of these families continue to struggle, they have come a long way in the last 10 years. When these families moved into Villa, no one had graduated high school.  We are confident that the majority of their children are either high school or college bound.

 

Community

Community

Our goal is to help Villa Soleada become a sustainable, model community where the residents have access to jobs and its children college-bound. We strive for a mutually beneficial partnership that keeps the community at its center. 

Challenges

Challenges

Any long-term partnership is extremely challenging.  But with humility and respect for the community at our center, we aim to create even opportunities for this community to thrive.  

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