Habitat for Humanity Guatemala helps low–income families improve their living conditions by building new homes and housing communities, stabilizing and improving existing houses, and offering affordable housing solutions such as smokeless stoves, water filters and basic sanitation services.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Our vision is that all families in Guatemala inhabit an adequate home.
We offer 12 different housing designs of which can be built with affordable monthly mortgage payments. In addition, Habitat Guatemala's products include: water filters, sanitary latrines, smokeless stoves, and other home improvements.
Habitat Guatemala provides the service of supplying affordable housing in which families pay an economic mortgage payment on a monthly basis. In certain cases, when families are extremely vulnerable and do not have resources available, Habitat Guatemala will subsidize (either partially or entirely) a housing solution. The logistical components that are necessary when building a house (legal processes regarding land on which one will build, hiring of mason(s), supervision of construction, etc.) are provided by Habitat Guatemala.
Habitat Guatemala has programs such as that of our Extreme Poverty program, which was created to support families living in either poverty or extreme poverty with a partially subsidized solution. This program implements a smokeless stove, a sanitary latrine, and a water filter in households across Guatemala, improving the quality of life of families and supplying them with knowledge that can serve as a stepping stone towards continually improving their living conditions.
Guatemala has a housing deficit of more than 2.1 million homes (qualitative and quantitatively) and for that reason Habitat Guatemala focuses in the area of social home construction and improvements.
Habitat Guatemala was founded in 1979 as a response to the 1976 earthquake that occurred in Guatemala and left one in every six people without a home. Since then, the organization has implemented over 117,000 housing solutions for Guatemalan families in need.
In 2010, the Extreme Poverty Focus Program was implemented in order to support families that are not able to afford a mortgage. This has widened Habitat Guatemala’s impact greatly, by providing water filters, smokeless stoves, latrines, and other home improvements to families. To date, Habitat Guatemala's solutions have positively impacted more than 700,000 individuals.
Habitat Guatemala's impact is measured through a series of indicators that are determined through a process of monitoring and evaluation. Health indicators (lack of gastrointestinal disease, respiratory illness, malnutrition, etc.), partner family feedback (level of satisfaction with their Habitat Guatemala product), and interactive workshops (with educational components) are ways that Habitat Guatemala is able to ensure that a quality product is positively impacting the lives of the partner families.
Size and/or structure
Habitat Guatemala has grown to more than 250 employees that work in all 22 departments of Guatemala.
During our 40 years of existence in Guatemala, the products and services that we provide to families has adapted to the need that has presented itself. What originally started as offering the construction of one style of home has grown to offering 12 different designs that can be adapted to the different climates and contexts in Guatemala as well as the specific interests of the family. Furthermore, products such as the Healthy Home Kit (water filter, smokeless stove and sanitary latrine) are partially subsidized solutions that were created to support individuals living in poverty or extreme poverty.
During the last decade Habitat Guatemala has focused more in communal projects, providing them with access to basic services (for example, rain water catchment systems, water distribution systems, biodigestor/waste water management solutions, etc).
Growth / Impact
Habitat Guatemala's objectives for 2020 consist of implementing 12,450 housing solutions, impacting more than 74,000 individuals with access to an adequate place to call home. These solutions will consist of 2,350 new home constructions, 2,000 home improvements, and 8,100 Attention to Extreme Poverty products (water filter, latrine, smokeless stove, etc.).
To remain the same.
We plan to grow working alongside our community and leaders.
We will use local resources for the generation of an income and to create employment opportunities while implementing the practice of forest conservation and promoting community development.
Habitat Guatemala's long term objectives are to have a more sustainable impact. This will be done through the empowerment of leaders and communities, forming entrepreneurships focused on the construction of stoves that are built with the Habitat model.