The house is Habitat for Humanity’s signature product worldwide, and we help thousands of Guatemalan families build new homes every year.
A good home is more than just a roof over someone’s head. It creates:
1. Stability for families and children.
2. A sense of pride and confidence.
3. Health, physical safety, and security.
4. An increase in educational and job prospects.
When building a new home with Habitat Guatemala, families receive a credit of US $5,800 to be used for construction. Repayment occurs over the course of 8 to 12 years with a low interest rate (to account for inflation). The houses are simple, three or four-room structures with an attached bathroom, and there are nine house designs to choose from and personalize.
All new Habitat homes are made of steel-reinforced concrete block and cement, designed to be resistant to natural shocks and tremors. Corrugated metal sheet roofing keeps the family dry during Guatemala’s brutal rainy season. Houses built in Guatemala’s coldest regions all have wood paneling insulation in the bedrooms to keep the families warm.