Emerging housing for socioeconomic development of Rio Muchacho community

  • Maria Giuseppina Vanga Arvelo PhD. Civil Engineering Career, Universidad Tecnica de Manabi, Portoviejo, Ecuador
  • Angel Edmundo Paredes Garcia MsC. Civil Engineering Career, Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo, Riobamba, Ecuador
  • Nathalie Madelein Santamaria Herrera MsC. Carrera de Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo, Riobamba, Ecuador
Keywords: academic-society linkage, cane guadua, development, emerging housing, Río Muchacho socioeconomic


The earthquake in April 2016 that mainly affected the provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabi left destitute housing many people, causing overcrowding and problems in the conditions and quality of life of the victims. The National University of Chimborazo, in its commitment to strengthen the sustainable economic and social development of Ecuador and as a way to materialize the link between academia and society, assumed the construction of housing in a community that was very affected by the earthquake and that for its Small size was not the object of priority attention by the authorities. The objective of the project was to provide emergent housing to the community of Río Muchacho to improve their habitat situation. The research process was developed with an action research approach, which began with a socioeconomic study, selecting those families with disabled, elderly and female heads of household. Subsequently, financing was provided with Bomberos Unidos sin Fronteras and 10 houses of guadua cane were built. As a final part of the research process, the result of the project was evaluated by applying surveys that reflected positive benefits in the 50 beneficiaries and in the community.


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How to Cite
Arvelo, M. G. V., Garcia, A. E. P., & Herrera, N. M. S. (2019). Emerging housing for socioeconomic development of Rio Muchacho community. International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 3(1), 48-57. https://doi.org/10.29332/ijssh.v3n1.252