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November 19, 2007

More than a Pretty Face: The Welder

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Maria Landa is out to change. By using her unique skills as a professional welder, she's constructing crucial temporary housing.

Landa at work

Photo Credit: Allen Clinton/Care

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Name: Maria Esther Landa
Age: 31
Location: Lima, Peru
Job: Founder and General Manager, Santa Maria Industries
Notable Quote: "By studying and opening your mind, you become free."

More than a year after a colossal earthquake shook Lima, Peru, around 55,000 families still remain homeless or displaced. That's what Maria Landa is out to change. By using her unique skills as a professional welder, she's constructing crucial temporary homes — one tent at a time.

Q: Tell us about the tent project.
A: When the quake hit, houses fell apart like toys. So I'm helping the nonprofit CARE by building tents for the homeless. I run my own welding company, and we're making 1,000 tents — each sheltering six people. I wake up early to weld the frames and cover them in canvas, then do it again every night after work. I'm honored to help — it's a comfort like no other to have a home.

Q: Would you say you're a trendsetter as a female welder?
A: A decade ago, we didn't have women working with metals or in construction in Peru. So, yes, now I make windows, doors, and construction components, and I collaborate with engineers and architects. I've even welded airplanes!


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