114 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean live in precarious places. And for the most part, without adequate housing.

When grouped together, these families form a popular settlement, where more than half of the population does not have title to the land or regular access to at least one basic service.


There are people willing to change this reality. More than 1.2 million young people have already joined the volunteer program of TECHO.

Knowing that the popular settlements are a reflection of the inequality of Latin America, TECHO arises from the mobilization of youth who are convinced that this reality can be overcome through voluntary action.

The reality of settlements in Latin America*.


3 out of 4 settlements (73.3%) do not have a sewerage connection.


1 out of every 3 settlements (36.7%) has no formal electricity connection.


1 out of every 2 settlements (53.5%) does not have connection to potable water service.


3 out of 4 settlements (75.4%) have irregular land tenure.


1 out of every 5 settlements (20.3%) has a high probability of being evicted.

(*) Results obtained from a database of 651 cases, using stratified random sampling of 93 settlements per country.


Map of popular settlements survey

At TECHO we investigate the popular settlements, listening to the population and gathering key information to take and demand the necessary measures to transform this situation.

Open data platform

We publish the results of our research for public use, offering geo-referenced information and socio-territorial characteristics of popular settlements.


Through the use of technology and participatory methodologies, we seek to contribute to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and social programs in an open and transparent manner.