Former boarding schools turned into houses for Cuban farmers
HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 17 (ACN) Over 200 families of workers of the Ceballos Agro-Industrial Company will receive new houses in the community of Batallas de las Guasimas in the central Cuban province of Ciego de Avila.
The old facilities used as boarding schools for students in this province for decades, were repaired by the farmers that turned them into apartments, thus solving two problems: housing deficit and remoteness of farming areas.
According to Engineer Wilber Bringas, director of Ceballos, a second group of 70 apartments will be finished in the coming months in other schools that were abandoned when the government decided that all students were to study in the cities.
Among the schools turned into housing units is Maximiliano Ramos, where the new inhabitants tend some 25 hectare of covered vegetable crops.
Ramon Quiñones, one of the farmers benefited with this project, said they are all very happy and work as many hours as needed, with great efficiency and earning a salary of about 1,200 Cuban pesos a month, well above the national average.
The Ceballos Agro-Industrial Company is one of the largest and most productive Cuban enterprises of its kind.