Through its Sustainable Development Program, Habitat for Humanity Lebanon offered no-profit loans to low-income families for home renovations or construction starting in 2002 and ending in 2011. Loans average $3,500 and were usually repaid over three years directly into HFHL’s revolving loan fund (“Fund for Humanity”). The Fund for Humanity was then used to extend additional no-profit loans to other families in need.
Working primarily through a local partner, Dialogue and Development, HFHL has sought to use housing as a vehicle for reconciliation and community building among the disparate sects of Lebanon’s Saida region. By bringing together Muslims and Christians to house the poor of their communities, HFHL and Dialogue and Development have provided housing solutions to over 470 families while at the same time strengthening the social infrastructure of over 60 villages.
Families were selected, without discrimination, on the basis of:
- Need for adequate shelter
- Ability to repay no-profit loan to the local revolving fund
- Willingness to participate in the Habitat program