Americus, Ga. - July 26, 1999 - Habitat for Humanity International and Enterprise Development International announced today a joint venture partnership to enable low- income families to support themselves through micro-business ownership and job creation. A pilot program will be undertaken in the Philippines in communities where Habitat is building homes with families in need.
HFHI recently built 293 homes in the Philippines through the annual Jimmy Carter Work Project. The build took place at five sites across the islands. More than 10,000 volunteers representing 33 nations gave up their own time to help Filipino families make homeownership a reality. The home-building in the Philippines does not end with JCWP; the sites are set up to provide 1,422 more families a simple, decent, affordable place to live.
“To know we can help more families move from abject conditions is truly exciting,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of HFHI. “Not one of God’s children should have to live in substandard conditions – Habitat believes in giving families all over the world the opportunity to help themselves build safe, decent, affordable shelter in which their family can live and grow.”
This program will provide new homeowners with business training, micro-loans and ongoing mentoring to help them establish small businesses and generate income to sustain themselves, their families and their communities.
“It is a wonderful match for both organizations,” said Enterprise CEO Juan Benitez. “By enabling the poor in the Philippines to use their God-given skills to create jobs and generate income, and by helping them find dignity through homeownership, we expect to see significant transformation in these communities.”
Habitat for Humanity is now known not only in the Philippines, but also around the world. Habitat for Humanity expanded to Asia in 1983, when the people of Khammam, India, started the first affiliate in the Asia Pacific area. Since that time, Habitat for Humanity has grown to 119 affiliates in 19 Asia Pacific countries having built more than 8,400 houses. Habitat for Humanity has had from its conception a global vision, building two-thirds of its houses outside the United States.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. There are now 1,890 Habitat for Humanity affiliates operating in 64 countries. The organization has built more than 75,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 375,000 people worldwide.
Enterprise Development International, a non-profit Christian organization established in 1985, is committed to enabling the poor to free themselves from poverty through micro-business ownership. To accomplish this goal, Enterprise has partnered with local organizations in 48 developing countries and seven U.S. cities to design and implement business education and micro-credit programs. In the Philippines, Enterprise has already been working with a local implementing organization providing business training, mentoring and loans to the very poor in several communities.