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Octavia’s story

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The Ethembeni community

Octavia and her family were living with her mother in an overcrowded house with 10 people and she was desperate for a home of her own. She heard about Habitat for Humanity through a friend and was thrilled when her application was accepted in the Ethembeni project.

Octavia is now living in her new home with her two sons and their two cousins. Nkanyiso (22), the eldest, contributed some of the ‘sweat equity’ required from the families by Habitat for Humanity South Africa. He celebrated his birthday during the build and says the house is the best present he could have received!

The house is closer to Octavia’s work, cutting down on transport costs. All of the family is looking forward to living in the Ethembeni community. They say they have an even closer bond now than before because of their collective participation in the project. They thank God and Habitat for Humanity for this opportunity to own their own home.