Automotor employees make a lasting contribution in Paraguay

Acts of solidarity among Automotor employees help some colleagues to reach their dream of a new home.

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay (April 6, 2011) – At the closing of 2010, employees of the local company, Automotor, determined that they would invest their end of the year bonuses and their Worker’s Day vacation in something more lasting – to change the lives of their colleagues by helping them to build a new home.

Ruben Román is a mechanic and Roberto Nuñez works in the importations department. Both have been with Automotor for more than 16 years. Román and Nuñez, together with their respective families, recently inaugurated their new homes in the city of Luque. Theirs were the first two houses built with Automotor’s “Serving Employees” project, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Paraguay.

“I never that I would be in my house so soon,” said Román. He built his simple, two room house in just two months, with additional help from his father, Don Marciano. Recently married, he then began to save so that he and his wife could furnish the house and moved in shortly after.

Nuñez also thanked the company and its employees for this gesture. “This is the first time that I can say ‘my house’ – a dream that is difficult to get started. But now, we can start thinking about amplifications.”

Mirta Ortiz, the company’s Human Resources manager, said that the project is possible thanks to the entire Automotor team, the vast majority of whom donated their year-end bonuses and May 1 Worker’s Day vacation. The company is currently conducting a selection process for the next families who will benefit from the project.

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