Rosaleda Reynoso on ‘Casita para la Vida’

Name: Rosaleda Reynoso
Lives in: Santo Domingo, National District, Dominican Republic
Period in Germany: April 2003 to March 2013
Educational institutions: Goethe-Institut Mannheim-Heidelberg, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Urban Design Institute at the University of Stuttgart

Rosaleda Reynoso is an architect. Between 2003 and 2013 she studied urban design, town planning and urban sociology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Stuttgart. She now lives in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

In the #MissionResponsible competition Rosaleda Reynoso was awarded first place with ‘Casita para la Vida’. She firmly believes that everyone has a right to decent living conditions.

Ms Reynoso, your project ‘Casita para la Vida’ was awarded first place in the #MissionResponsible competition. Congratulations! What are the goals of the project – and what are you doing to achieve them?

Rosaleda Reynoso: ‘Casita para la Vida’ aims to put an end to undignified living conditions in the poor rural areas of the Dominican Republic. To do this, we are creating suitable living environments for the families affected, either by building new structures or by carrying out repairs. For example, we exchange old wooden walls and zinc sheets for new ones and replace mud floors with cement screed. We also turn latrines into proper toilets that are connected to the water and sewerage systems.

The people living in socially disadvantaged areas in the Dominican Republic don’t have the money or technical knowledge needed to renovate or maintain their homes themselves. Many households are run by single mothers who have several children. Most women have no formal training and receive a very low, irregular income, which means they can’t afford to employ an architect or engineer. But everyone has a right to decent living conditions.

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