In Summer 2012, I traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina with Basic Initiative, led by Sergio Palleroni, to work in Los Piletones with Margarita Barrientos. Los Piletones is one of the villas (informal settlements or slums), in Buenos Aires; and Margarita is famous for her tireless work feeding her neighbors through her comedor (soup kitchen) as well as creating other micro industries and free services for her neighborhood. Many biographies have been written about her, but you can get some more information from argentinaindependent.com.
This was the second summer that Basic Initiative has worked with Margarita’s foundation. Our group this year was tasked with renovating a daycare center for 1–4 year olds.
In two and a half weeks, our group created and designed the following renovations: