Why we chose Las Tunas
In 2002 we chose to work in Las Tunas for its history, its people and for being a small sample of our country.
The neighborhood Las Tunas is located in General Pacheco, Municipality of Tigre, Province of Buenos Aires. It was founded in mid-1950s.
Born of a subdivision in which many workers bought their land in installments, tempted by the proximity of companies offering work, they built their houses on weekends.
The different crisis that Argentina went through are reflected in the coexistence of neat brick houses with more than 2,500 very precarious shacks.
The neighbourhood has an area of 105 blocks where 30,000 people live. About 30% of household heads have unstable jobs. More than 2000 families receive state assistance in the form of one of the many social plans.
Most streets are paved (work paid by the residents themselves) they don’t have sewers, water mains were implemented only in 2011, and still don’t reach all homes.
The neighborhood is crossed by the stream "Las Tunas", a recreational place and fishing spot years ago, today it's highly contaminated. In the late 90s many gated communities were built in the areas around Las Tunas, which now surround the perimeter of the neighborhood and challenge us to build bridges within the population of Las Tunas and between neighboring communities (poor and rich private neighborhoods that occupy the same territory we are a part of).
Las Tunas has a strong identity, social capital, people willing to work, and a desire to succeed.
Las Tunas, a reflection of our country.