Liz Johndrow, Founder and Program Director
Liz has been a hands-on learner all of her life. In 2004, with earlier background in carpentry, she began to focus on natural and earthen construction: straw bale houses and timber framing, natural plasters and earthen floors, and cob and adobe construction. She founded her business, Earthen Endeavors Natural Building, in 2009 and launched the Pueblo Project in 2014, formalizing the work she had been doing in Nicaragua since 2011. Liz works on homeowner building projects large and small, teaches natural material-based building skills in work-shops and apprenticeships throughout the US and Central America, and is a frequent presenter at international development and natural building conferences. She has worked with organizations such as Yestermorrow Design-Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont; Red Feather Development Group in Flagstaff, AZ; Community Rebuild in Moab, Utah; and Kleiwerks International in Asheville, NC.
Central America Ground Team
Fabi was born in Guatemala. She is committed to work on social and environmental projects around Central America. Since she first experienced Natural Building she discovered a new world and immediately fell in love with the concept, the process, the endless possibilities to create and most importantly, the positive impact that has on people, communities and the environment. She has taken part in natural building and permaculture projects around Guatemala, Nicaragua, México and Costa Rica. She is currently part of the on ground team and has been working with Liz and The Pueblo Project since 2015.
Based out of Oregon, Sara has been having the time of her life carving her own unique path as a natural builder passionate about housing rights and affordable homes for all. She got her start as a builder working on trails throughout the country and dabbling in conventional construction, but after discovering natural building through a sustainable education institute called Aprovecho in 2014 she has been focusing on honing her skills in mud. Sara now works as a builder and educator, and in the summer of 2017 will be co-leading the construction of the only natural building to be built as a part of a new urban affordable income tiny home village in Eugene, Oregon. She is so grateful to have gotten the chance to help on the ground with the Pueblo Project in Nicaragua for the 2017 season, and can't imagine a better team to be working with! Sara also loves chainsaw carving, exploring wild places, and her geriatric dog Augie.
After spending many summers working with her carpenter-father, and receiving a bachelor's degree in early childhood education like her teacher-mother, Kate has forged herself a sort of odd but lovingly tromped pathway that allows a bit of footwork in both fields. She has taught kindergarten in Massachusetts, spent 3 years creating a garden-based Outdoor Classroom program at an elementary school in San Francisco, and currently works as a natural builder and carpenter out of Oakland, CA. She is passionate about justice and equity in a world that is anything but. She loves regenerative systems, earth plaster, encouraging people to get mud on their hands, and thinks that building with clay and straw is one of the most joyous and community conducive activities around. The Pueblo Project's work to support communities in their own efforts to maintain and enhance traditional building practices and to put those skills into the hands of women and youth, is one that has been easy for her to get behind.
Valerie has been interested in natural building ever since attending the Portland based City Repair Organization’s “Village Building Convergence” in 2008. She loves how it’s possible to build beautiful and sturdy shelters from materials you can easily find. Valerie is the Founder of Aril Consulting, a worker-owned fundraising consulting business and she has 10 years experience in the non-profit sector. With a B.A. in International Relations and History from Boston University, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from University of Washington, and a Certificate in Sustainable Design/Build in the works from Yestermorrow Design & Build School, Valerie brings her experience with natural building, fundraising, and international development together for this project. She currently lives in Seattle, WA, USA and dreams of building an earthen home some day.
Susan was born in California in 1948 and spent her first 20 adult years in Cincinnati, Ohio teaching science in the inner city, as well as college electronics and working in the semi-conductor industry. In 1989 she moved to Nicaragua to join the National Engineering University (UNI) where she grew into a promoter of human dignity via promoting science and sustainable use of resources particularly renewable energies. With her students she co-founded Grupo Fenix and was named Director of the Alternative Energy Sources Program at the UNI and since 2005 has focused this work with the Solar Women of Totogalpa in rural Nicaragua “Creating a Solar Culture.” She has played a major role in natural building coming to her region.
Helen is currently technical coordinator at La Asociación de Mujeres Constructoras de Condega (AMCC), is a carpenter who has dedicated the last twenty years focusing on the empowerment of women and young people through working in different technical skills and trades. She has a masters in Education for Sustainability, which included participative research on empowerment of local women. For the last 10 years she has worked on the promotion and development of alternative energy technologies and improved adobe and natural building, particularly in the northern Nicaraguan context, which has included a model smallholding which works with diverse systems which she and her partner have established since 2001.
Thus far in her career Sasha has been heavily involved in the Non Profit and Small Business world. She sat on the Board of the “Alchemical Nursery,” an organization that does outreach and education on Regenerative Lifestyles and Landscapes where she has served as a general board member, Board Secretary and Board President at various times. When she started a Masters program in Sustainable Construction at SUNY ESF she stepped away from the organization. Sasha also worked as the Audience Development Director for an art center as well as in the office of her local Community Center. Throughout her work with these various organizations she’s done grant research, applying, editing, tracking, and reporting. She is currently starting her Thesis research for a Masters and will be finishing this in the upcoming year. She has a personal project rehabilitating a building in a neighborhood in Syracuse and looks forward to sharing the wonderful world of Natural Building with her community through this project.