“We were only builders, but the Mucho Lote 1 program provided us with the chance to understand the business of the developer as well, so we began to sell the houses ourselves,” explains engineer John Martínez, General Manager of the company that carries his name.
“At times the banks are suspicious of the type of client that doesn’t ask for a loan of at least $100,000 to buy a house. But for those of us who sell this type of social housing, we think that the banks are completely wrong to do this, as these people are making the investment of a lifetime and will never stop paying the loan on their home,” explains Martínez. “We are builders of public works, that is what we present tenders for. I can tell you with a lot of pride that our work can be seen throughout the city: the Parque Lineal area in front of the catholic university, line 3 of the metro system, the staircases that lead to the Cerro Santa Ana, and the citizen security building are all ours.”
Martínez says that “without wishing to be vain, it really is worth other companies taking a look at how the Mucho Lote 2
project has been done; they could learn a lot and perhaps wish to make similar investments in social housing in the future.” Construction is “a weapon in the fight against unemployment; we need both a qualified and non-qualified workforce. In this sector, we create a significant amount of direct and indirect employment,” adds the general manager of John Martínez.