Project Description

Linda Vista

Escaping the civil war and economic crisis in their country, indigenous mayan families from Guatemala arrived around 20 years ago at the municipal landfill of Tapachula, Mexico where they started collecting and selling waste. The number of inhabitants of the area surrounding the dump has since increased to around 100 families living today in the settlement Linda Vista (Beautiful View). Especially the children of Linda Vista live under precarious conditions, being exposed to pollution and living without water supply in improvised homes built with recycled materials. With community efforts, the inhabitants have built a catholic church and a small school. According to activists, local government and dump administration are systematically exploiting the community of Linda Vista.