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Habitat Guatemala

Cool Facts about Habitat Guatemala:

  • Begun in 1979 Guatemala was the first international affiliate outside the US
  • 2009, completion of house 30,000; almost 10% of Habitat homes worldwide
  • One of the lowest house costs in americas, 2009 cost of $4,200
  • 2,000 local volunteers and 200 local committees supporting the work
  • Partnerships with organizations work to bring holistic solutions like clean water and medical missions

  • Demonstrate need, live in inadequate housing and ineligible for normal loan
  • Be able to repay no-interest loan of approximately $45/month for 8-12 years
  • Own land with a legal title on which to build their home
  • Partner with Habitat in the construction of their home, called “sweat equity”
  • Be a family – broadly defined, often single parents or couples with dependents

Facts on Poverty in Guatemala:

  • Housing deficit is approximately 1.5 million units
  • Deficit grows by roughly 80,000 units per year
  • 72% of Guatemalans live in rural areas
  • 54.3% of population live in poverty
  • 22.8% of population are in extreme poverty
  • 18.2% of the population does not have electricity
  • 79.4% of homes do not have access to telephone
  • 21.1% of homes do not have plumbing
  • 54.4% do not have sewage in thei homes
  • 99.6% of the impoverished do not have access to higher education
  • Guatemala has the highest illiteracy rate in Latin America at 30.9%

House Numbers, construction by Habitat for Humanity:

  • First 20 Years – 5,000 houses
  • Next 2 Years – 5,000 more
  • 2001 – 10,000 Total Homes
  • 2003 – 15,000 Total Homes
  • 2005 – 20,000 Total Homes
  • 2006 – 22,703 Total Homes
  • 2007 – 25,000 Total Homes
  • 2008 – 28,000 Total Homes
  • 2009 – 30,000 Total Homes

Information from: http://www.habitat.org/intl/lac/86.aspx

Habitat para la Humanidad Guatemala, Av. Las Americas 9-50 Zona 3, Edificio SuperCom Delco, 3er Nivel, Oficina No. 3 Quetzaltenango, 09003, Guatemala, C.A.