Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities. This is the reason that Puerto Cortės was among the first cities in Honduras to join with Habitat Honduras and other partners to adopt a policy aimed at helping its citizens gain access to housing. The city works in any number of ways to help keep homes affordable, including donating land, offering families’ financial assistance, putting in roads, and providing access to water and other services. The city also has agreements with Habitat Honduras, other nonprofits and private businesses to build houses and infrastructure.
Before the twins were born, Fanny, Fredy and Isaac were living in an apartment in Choloma, a city with many factories. Fredy works in one of the garment factories as a nightshift supervisor. Fanny worked in the garment industry, too, until the babies came along. “The apartment was very small and there was no yard,” Fanny says. “We started pricing houses and ‘Ouch!’ They were way above what we could afford. We also didn’t feel that Choloma was all that safe.”
Fanny’s parents live in Puerto Cortės, and their neighbors told Fanny about Habitat. “The city and Habitat have an agreement that benefits us a lot,” Fanny says. The city waived the work permit fees and contributed sand and other building materials. Isaac helped with the construction so his family could earn sweat equity hours. “Just pouring the foundation is a big job,” he says, showing off his muscles.
All of this change has taken some getting used to, Isaac says. Leaving his old school was tough, but he is making new friends and is looking forward, not back. “Someday, I want to own my own house,” he says.