Women come together for Habitat's All Women Build Day

Women come together for Habitat's All Women Build Day

Women come together for Habitat's All Women Build Day

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:33 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Building a home with Habitat for Humanity is something volunteers do every day. But Friday, it was a special group of women who built a home from the ground up.

The first ‘All Women Build’ Habitat for Humanity house was constructed here in Charlotte 23 years ago and today the ladies of the Queen City are keeping the tradition strong.

One nail at a time, the all woman crew is working hard to build this year's habitat home in West Charlotte's Reid Park community. It's a day to show that women can come together and do the same work as men, constructing a home from foundation up for a family in need.

This year's family spent 17 years in a Nepali refugee camp and will also work to help build their home. They have two small children who will attend Reid Park Academy, so they chose this lot here in West Charlotte Reid Park community, where Habitat has built 60 other homes for families in need.

Habitat officials say it's fun to watch the women learn new skills and do the same hard work men do to build a house from ground up.

“They'll do everything from framing to shingles to dry wall to trim and painting and it's just really fun to see them come out here," said Ashley Meissner of Habitat for Humanity.

Like all of their Habitant houses the family will put in 300 sweat equity hours and the family will purchase the house with 0 percent interest mortgage.
 

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