Our Partner Family
Our Partner Family
Kokou Ayite and Eya Philomene were approved for Habitat partnership in July 2010. They have two children, Jean, 19, and Fatouma, 15.
The family immigrated to the U.S. from Togo, Africa in 2001. In September 2006, Kokou became a Naturalized Citizen.
Kokou is a custodian at MonticelloHigh School and Eya is a stay-at-home mom.
The Ayite Family were among the first homeowners in the national precedent-setting Sunrise Park neighborhood.
Creating opportunities for home ownership is the core of what Habitat does.
Habitat volunteers work side by side with future Habitat homeowners, known as Partner Families. Partner Families invest hundreds of hours of their own labor – “sweat equity” – into building their homes and those of their neighbors.
Habitat sells homes to Partner Families at no profit with a zero interest loan. Because there are minimal labor costs, no profits for the builders and no interest, many Partner Families pay less per month for their Habitat home than they paid in rent for a substandard dwelling.
Increasing home ownership brings many benefits, not only to the new homeowners, but also to the neighborhood and the community at large. Some of these include better educational outcomes, increased property values, and neighborhood and community stability.
Habitat Partner Families must complete a minimum number of sweat equity hours. Partners earn their hours by helping to build their own home and the homes of other families. They also can earn sweat equity by working in The Habitat Store, in the Habitat office, or by representing Habitat at public functions.
Families must earn 200 or more hours depending on how many adults live in the household. Many of our Habitat families earn upwards of 300 hours, and some continue to help building the homes of