The homes of cocoa farmers are generally made of the straight trunks of a leguminous tree pounded into the dirt and cross members are lashed to the vertical structural elements. Mud is packed between the posts and cross bracing and allowed to dry. The roofs are made of the same cross bracing to which are lashed shingles. These homes are cool, resilient to most rain, and inexpensive. People who have extra cash purchase cement powder to make and apply stucco, which makes the outer walls resilient to damage by strong tropical rains.