Revista Granito de Arena

Progreso supports initiative that seeks to replace 100,000 dirt floors with concrete floors

Cementos Progreso joins the initiative of Habitat for Humanity and the Inter-American Cement Federation (FICEM) to build "100,000 floors to play" with which they seek to replace 100,000 dirt floors with concrete floors by 2028 in the region.

This after having implemented last year in San Juan Sacatepéquez a successful pilot project hand in hand with the Institute of Cement and Concrete of Guatemala and the Network of Indigenous Entrepreneurs, for its validation.

Cement floors provide families with a better quality of life, prevent diseases, and protect the health of families.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the housing deficit affects almost 40% of the total population, where there are housing shortages related to the quality of their materials, mainly highlighting the absence of a firm floor.

Approximately 6% of households in the region (close to 10 million dwellings) have dirt floors as their predominant material, causing serious health problems for people who live in them, especially children and the elderly.

We believe in development

For José Raúl González, CEO of Progreso, the development of all countries is an indisputable issue we should work towards to. “Progreso trusts that each country´s development accelerates to the extent where better living conditions are created for each of its inhabitants. That is why the implementation of the S3 Floors Program in San Juan Sacatepéquez responds to our commitment to improve the quality of life of people in the countries where we operate, with responsible and sustainable practices that allow us build the place where we want to live. ”.

After the results obtained from the change of flooring and improvement in the quality of life of the benefited families, alliances are being sought in Mexico and El Salvador.

Inasmuch as the initiative «100 thousand floors to play», has a regional scope for all Latin America and the Caribbean, which will cover from the south of Chiapas in Mexico, the Central American dry corridor, to Guanacaste in Costa Rica, according to María José Garcia, Executive Director of FICEM.

The data:

In 2021, Cementos Progreso contributed with 33 families with young children in San Juan Sacatepéquez, for the construction of cement floors.

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