In 2004, when Global Shore activities began in Guatemala, it was initially to respond to the evident need for housing construction. Many homes were made of cornstalks, corrugated metal, or even plastic bags held together by stickers. Most homes had dirt floors and security was impossible.
To date, GSO has constructed approximately 25 homes in Tizate and the surrounding area. Families interested in receiving a house apply for aid, and the ministry determines the level of assistance required. GSO constructs the house over a 3 – 4 month period and, depending on the determined level of assistance, will require the family to invest anywhere from one labourer for the duration of the build as sweat equity, to a full payback on the loan granted to build the house, at zero percent interest.