Programme Index Listing

Location
Peru
Main implementer
Swisscontact
Donor
Hilti Foundation
Duration
2019 - 2023 (Ph.1: 2015-2018)
Total budget
USD $3.5 million
Annual budget
USD $763,000
Status
Active
Contact
cecilia.rivera@swisscontact.org leonor.rodriguez@swisscontact.org
External links
Website
Construya Peru short video
Resources
Technical reports / analysis
Assessment report 2023
Tools / manuals
Guía del facilitador

Project description / objective

To improve the quality of life of the population living in vulnerable urban areas of Peru through the promotion of safe, healthy and sustainable construction practices by raising awareness among families and institutionalising affordable training for construction workers.  

Market system focus

Progressive housing construction

Capacity building of master builders
Accelerated urbanisation, lack of urban planning and a large housing deficit mean that progressive construction represents an opportunity for thousands of low income Peruvian families to have access to housing that meets their needs. However, the way these houses are built presents many challenges. One of  these is the master builders. They lack training in complex interventions, yet families rely on them. As a result, frequent poor construction practices, alongside expanding dwellings, results in homes with serious vulnerabilities and habitability problems.

The programme aims to ensure that a minimum of 3,000 workers engaged in informal construction receive training in quality skills, and 5,000 homeowners in informal urban areas attend workshops or training sessions on safe family home construction. Training is conducted by local institutions and is financed by private construction material companies. These companies view master builders and householders as key stakeholders.

Programme interventions

Progressive housing construction

Facilitate training for construction workers

  • Support the development and provision of training provided by technical institutions, or directly by private companies
  • Organise training of trainers sessions, jointly with partners

Promotion of other services for the housing construction sector

  • Support the provision of technical assistance to hardware stores to improve their management skills. They are an important link between different stakeholders (materials companies, families, master builders).
  • Promote a start-up for the development of a budgeting and quotations tool for construction workers

Sensitisation for families

In collaboration with our partners (private companies):

  • devise engaging and playful approaches for directly educating families on the subject of sound construction practices, either face-to-face or in group settings
  • develop strategies for mass media campaigns on the same topics

Notable results (systemic change, poverty impact)

The training providers, namely CAPECO Institute, SENCICO, and Construaprende, have enhanced their skills, methodologies, and tools to specifically cater to the unique learning profiles of master builders. They are committed to ongoing capacity building, with plans to expand these services to other regions of the country. For instance, CAPECO has integrated both virtual and in-person methodologies and also extended these services to clients that are not part of the programme.

Moreover, the project's methodology has been incorporated into other training programmes offered by CAPECO. Although the primary funding for these trainings comes from private companies, in the case of Construaprende, master builders themselves finance their training.

Additionally, private companies such as UNACEM, Pacasmayo, and Yura - previously known for conducting brief sessions to promote their materials - have now adopted comprehensive content and training capabilities for master builders. They are poised to continue enhancing and offering these educational services over time.

Impact on poverty

  • 375 master builders have increased their income, with approximately 80 per cent of them experiencing an increase of 25 per cent or more. 
  • Due to the availability of master builders skilled in implementing superior construction practices, 2,531 families have adopted safer building methods. This shift represents a decrease in vulnerability for 2,531 homes.
  • The capacity-building initiatives fostered and initiated within educational institutions and private construction material companies have led to more than 6,500 master builders being trained and equipped with the skills necessary for implementing advanced construction practices in the field. Of these, 1126 master builders are actively applying these improved methods.

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