Major milestone in Guatemala

In 1979 — in what was then known as Zaire — a gift was given to Millard Fuller to start Habitat Guatemala. Now, 34 years later, more than 50,000 families have built foundations for better lives in the Central American country.

In April, the Pensamiento family received the keys to their new home, the country’s 50,000th Habitat house built as part of a 20-house blitz.

“We’d thought about building our own house, but would never have been able to save enough money to actually do it,” says Jorge Angel Pensamiento, who works as a factory electrician.

Habitat Guatemala’s celebration also included the construction of Sara Garcia’s house in the astonishing time of 24 hours and 23 minutes.

Habitat Guatemala’s next challenge: to build or improve 100,000 houses over the next five years.