Habitat for Humanity Guatemala is a non-profit organization that helps low–income families improve their living conditions by building new homes and housing communities, stabilizing and improving existing houses, and offering affordable housing solutions such as smokeless stoves, water filters and basic sanitation services.
We work together with families to provide them the opportunity to realize their dreams of having a good and healthy living environment. Similar to other Habitat programs elsewhere, HFHG does not give away homes but rather partners with families by offering homeowners affordable low-interest mortgages. Our vision is that all families in Guatemala inhabit an adequate home.
Since 1979, we have provided over 82,000 housing solutions for over 320,000 people! But with a housing deficit in Guatemala of over 1.8 million homes, we will continue to work hard and grow because we believe that everyone deserves a decent home. Our mission is simple: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
- Founded in 1979, we are Habitat for Humanity’s oldest and largest international affiliate.
- We are a Guatemalan-run organization. Less than 10 of over 200 employees are international workers.
- We host an average of 1,000 international volunteers annually. Thanks to volunteer help, build time is reduced by at least one week.
- We have 1,100 people involved nationally, including 700 national volunteers on 181 Local Committees.
- On average, we serve 4,000 families annually, with the number increasing every year.
- We build more than homes. Our services also include home financing, home improvements, Healthy Home Kits (stoves, filters, latrines), and disaster relief.
- We have built over 75,000 housing solutions—75% of these within the last decade—with the ambitious goal of reaching our 100,000th family served by 2017. In November 2015, we celebrated reaching the milestone of 75,000 families served in Guatemala.