About Us

Un Techo Para Mi País (A Roof for my Country) is a Latin-American organisation founded in Chile in 1997. Having completed the construction of a chapel in the town of Curanilahue, a group of young university students, supported by Felipe Berríos S.J., felt compelled to challenge the extreme poverty in which millions of people live in precarious settlements. The idea was to construct emergency accommodation and carry out Social Habilitation plans for community development. In this way, it becomes necessary for the whole of society to admit that the lack of opportunities and the conditions in which more than 200 million Latin Americans live is an injustice which we are all part of.

The solidarity of young people has no borders, and this was demonstrated by the expansion of the project across all of Latin America starting in 2001. A central office was organised, with basic, clear concepts, a shared way of working, and the same spirit. In each place, the project is implemented and adapted in order to meet the challenges of poverty specific to each country. 

Today, Un Techo Para Mi País exists in fifteen countries. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay are united by the work of thousands of volunteers and communities which fight for a fairer continent.

The Microcredit Plan

After constructing emergency accommodation, Un Techo Para Mi Pais (UTPMP) begins the process of Social Habilitation, by which various social plans are implemented, together forming a program of action which seeks to enable the integrated development of the people, families and communities which inhabit the shanty settlements.

The Microcredit Plan forms part of this program of action, which aims to combat the vulnerability and exclusion of these communities, focusing on the mobilisation of the physical, human and social capital which they possess, in order to permanently improve their quality of life.

Through its  three stages (Formation of Solidarity Groups, Handover of Microcredits, and Capacitation and Follow-Up), the Microcredit Plan seeks to promote enterprise, business sustainability and the promotion of social networks.

For the most vulnerable communities to be able to break the cycle of poverty and empower their local economies, it is fundamental to identify and develop the most effective form and methodology. UTPMP has made considerable progress in this, but we believe that to share common standards and unite the best practices from all the countries in which we work will allow us to advance with the greatest security towards our goals.

The Microcredit Plan is run by volunteers, which makes its methodology and policy even more challenging. It is fundamental that the volunteers are firmly committed to the people they will accompany and to the success of their businesses, in order for the entrepreneurs to succeed in increasing their income and establishing sustainable business practices.

 The primary objective of the Microcredit Plan, as a part of the Area of Social Habilitation, is that the communities which currently live in the shanty settlements iniciate the enterprises, achieve business sustainability and develop social networks, through the microcredit service, as a strategy which will contribute to the improvement of their quality of life.

If where you live is precarious, the reality of how you live is precarious. Together we can start to change the reality of thousands of Uruguayans.

Find out more at the Un Techo para mi País website.

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