Cautionary Tale from Argentina

The Túpac Amaru social organization not only has built housing projects for the poorest people in Jujuy, but also dedicated itself to constructing factories in order to provide new residents jobs along with shelter.

Last week, the Herald visited one of the few remaining Túpac Amaru factories that still continue to function despite financial difficulties, a textile factory inaugurated in 2007, based in the Alto Comedero district in the outskirts of San Salvador de Jujuy.

In the majority of the social housing developments constructed by Túpac Amaru, an effort has been to construct at least one factory in each neighbourhood so residents can be self-sufficient. The regions of Alto Comedero, El Carmen, Palpalá and La Esperanza, for example, all count with a brick, textile and metal working factories. Caliegua, for its part, only has a textile and brick factory, and Humahuaca only an adobe-brick and cinder-block factory. But after the provincial and national governments turned off the spigot of funds last year, their operations have severely been affected.

In Alto Comedero, the only two factories still running are the textile and the metal factory in the “El Cantri” social housing neighbourhood in Alto Comedero, but they are only running at a quarter or half-capacity. Other factories aren’t so lucky.

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