“I feel tremendous satisfaction when I am able to build safe homes for people to live in.”Erwin Guciano

Erwin Guciano has been actively making a living as a builder for over 10 years. Unlike many builders in the area who don’t have a formal background in construction, Erwin graduated from two universities in Lampung with a diploma in civil engineering. He is technically skilled in construction, both from college and experience.

There was, however, one thing missing from his university education: how to build earthquake-resistant houses. When he was training in the 1980s, earthquake-resistant construction training was not part of the curriculum. In most universities it still is not.

Build Change offered lessons in constructing homes which would withstand earthquakes and hurricanes, and Erwin said that he enjoyed each lesson so much he didn’t want to miss any. He stated, “More homeowners are aware of earthquake-resistant construction now, and it’s my chance to change from awareness to action by building earthquake-resistant homes.”

Since he attended Build Change’s builder training course, he has already built five earthquake-resistant homes and plans to build many more. Twenty homeowners have approached him about building their homes.

“I feel tremendous satisfaction when I am able to build safe homes for people to live in.”