On July 8, Cemex in Colombia launched its Bloqueras Solidarias program, which gives low-income families the opportunity to improve their housing conditions by working to produce their own building materials.
As part of the program, Cemex will open a center to provide: machinery, tools, raw materials, and training in the production of concrete materials such as blocks and cobblestone.
Half of the building materials produced will become property of the families in the program so they can use them to build new homes or improve their current ones. The rest of the materials will remain at the program’s disposal to be commercialized, making this a self-sustaining program.
The launch of Bloqueras Solidarias was financed jointly by Cemex and the Inter-American Development Bank (known by its Spanish acronym, BID). The program won a US$70,000 grant for corporate social responsibility projects from BID and the National Business Association of Colombia.