News - December 2002

Outpouring of questions to the EcoSouth WebSite
Since the EcoSouth WebSite has been reformed, we receive mail daily from people all over the world asking for information on subjects ranging from bicycle transport to lime production. However, most questions are about the production of Micro Concrete Roofing (MCR) and earth construction. We rely on the different experts of the Network to respond, namely Dr. Pons from San Salvador who is busy tutoring students (and professors) all over Latin America on adobe construction.

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New book by EcoSouth caricaturist Martirena
Humor in Vitro, the new book by Alfredo Martirena (Cuban humorist in charge of the humor section of our WebSite), was published in November by the Spanish publisher El Batracio Amarillo. The caricatures span a spectrum of black, white and yellow humor, as well as political and erotic humor.
Alfredo Martirena Hernández (Santa Clara, 1965) has worked for more than a decade on the humor supplement Melaíto of the newspaper, Vanguardia, in Villa Clara, and has received numerous prizes in national and international. In addition, his work has appeared in humor pages in Cuba, México, Chile, Spain and Portugal.
As well, he produced the creative illustrations for the book “From Disaster to Dignity”, that reveals the history of the first twenty years of Grupo Sofonias, and keeps up the humor content for periodical of the EcoSouth Network.

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Microconcrete technologies used in hotel in the Dominican Republic
A builder and hotel owner from the Dominican Republic bought a tevi equipment two years ago. His interest was not only tiles, but specifically to produce vaulted formwork for concrete slabs, an application he had seen in a hotel built by EcoTec in Nicaragua. Concrete beams are prefabricated on site, and after fixing them in position the 12mm thick tevi-vaults are placed as formwork, and provide an attractive finish. He is now using both applications of vibrated micro concrete in the construction of a new hotel in Constanza.

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In 2005, SofoNic has started a dual education program for masons in Nicaragua, using its house-building programs as a base. Teaming up with the local technical school in Jinotepe they are graduating about ten masons every year since. Most f them have found jobs in construction or have started a business on their own. SofoNic has contracted several of them as master masons in the reconstruction programs in Haiti.