Stability, community, and a strong foundation are realities of life for a majority of West Michigan families. But for Amadou and Housseinatou, these were once only dreams. The Hassanas emigrated from Cameroon four years ago, seeking a chance for a stronger future for their family. They left behind the security of home for an opportunity to provide their two twin boys, Zayeed and Zeeyad, a future with limitless possibilities.
After living with their cousin for a year, the Hassanas moved into a small apartment. But with their boys growing and rental costs rising, the space soon became cramped and unaffordable.
“I didn’t realize what Habitat was,” Amadou said. Until, Clovis, a fellow Cameroonian living in his apartment complex, told him about the homeownership program that he was currently in. “Clovis explained what Habitat was and said if we were interested, that we should apply.”
Over a year ago, the Hassanas began the Habitat Kent homeownership program and after the challenges of working full-time, earning sweat equity hours, and chasing the energetic Zayeed and Zeeyad, they now have a safe, healthy, and affordable home.
“The thing I really liked to do for sweat equity was the construction,” Amadou said.
He was able to gain valuable skills and work alongside volunteers, which helped him practice his English.
The Hassanas connected with fellow Cameroonians involved in Habitat Kent’s homeownership program and they encouraged each other through the process of building their homes. Amadou and Housseinatou, who each have twin siblings themselves, are looking forward to having space and a yard for their active boys to grow in. Thanks to the costs saved through their affordable mortgage, they will continue their education at Grand Rapids Community College in business for Amadou and programming for Housseinatou.
Because of the Hassanas’ hard work and journey to homeownership they now have a place that will provide stability, community, and a bright future for their boys. It’s only fitting that this milestone for their family is also an important one for Habitat Kent—our 400th home. Thank you for being a part of this milestone for Habitat Kent and the Hassana family.