Please do not let those locals houses make you think there is poverty here. There is very little in the country and certainly not in SP.
It is just a matter of priorities. Locals generally actually own their homes and are pround of them. No mortgages to contend with.
It is every Belizeans birthrite to be given land. Inside their homes you will see Sat TV's. DVD's etc. etc. All mod cons. Cell phones, you name it.