Unlocking doors with Habitat
Coincidentally, two of their friends had recently completed Habitat’s homeownership program; Sintayehu and Birhane went to the home dedication and began to think that Habitat might be the perfect fit for them, too. The application process took several months—it required them to submit paperwork to Habitat, interview with staff, and demonstrate that they would be able to complete the requirements of the program. Fortunately, the experience of applying to the Diversity Visa Lottery in Ethiopia had left them well prepared! Sintayehu and Birhane were thrilled when they found out they’d been accepted to Habitat’s program, and in September 2010 (on top of all of their other commitments) they prepared to embark on yet another journey: completing 350 hours of Sweat Equity work on homebuilding sites, and finally qualifying to purchase their home.
Between work, school, attending church and raising Sifin, it seems like an understatement to say that Sintayehu and Birhane have stayed busy over the past two years. But they couldn’t be happier to now have a safe, decent affordable home—with a functioning stove (which they’ll put to very good use), a washer and dryer of their own, and lots of insulation to keep them toasty in the winter. And, of course, a separate bedroom for Sifin to call her own!