So many people from different states, different areas were there building the house.
We learned from them and they learned from us.
—Mahamadou Traore, Tippie Build 5 Partner Family—
Groundbreaking for our home took place on September 14, 2011. Construction began October 14. During the fall semester, we constructed the walls, built the roof, and wrapped the house for winter. In the spring, we completed the inside work on the house and the landscaping. We dedicated our house on May 5, 2012, the Saturday before final exam week. A perfect way to finish our semester!
Mahamadou immigrated to the United States in 2002 from the Ivory Coast to escape the escalating violence resulting from civil war. His wife, Aissata, immigrated to America from Mali in 2004. Mahamadou and Aissata met in Iowa City through family friendships and married in 2004. They settled in Iowa City to raise their family because it is, "a good place, nice people around. A good place to have a family, good schools, good for the children," according to Mahamadou. They have three daughters, Oumou, Latoymata, and Kadidiatou.
Aissata and Mahamadou learned that they were accepted as a Habitat for Humanity Partner Family in December 2010. When asked how that made them feel, Mahamadou responded, "So happy, so excited! It's hard to believe volunteers want to be there and are happy to be working together." As soon as their application was accepted, Mahamadou immediately began his volunteer service at Habitat for Humanity, helping other Iowa Valley Habitat partner homeowners build their homes. Mahamadou and Aissata completed 500 "sweat equity" volunteer hours as part of investing in their home. Like other homeowners, they will pay a mortgage (zero-interest to Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity) and property taxes.
Mahamadou wants the volunteer builders and fundraisers that worked with him to build his family's home to know that it feels good to have their help and that he is impressed with how they "pulled together to help someone else out."
Tippie Build 5 was also an energy efficient, "green" home. Among the "green" features included in this home were:
Habitat homes are a hand-up, not a hand-out. To learn why, visit our Hand-Up webpage.
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