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Home Profits Fight Poverty

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Home Builders met for breakfast to hear how their donated time could benefit those less fortunate.

"Red Door Homes is the builder of this home and they're intent is to be able to build this home with a collaboration with their various trade partners to help generate money in order  to fund small loans all around the world," says Homes for Hope executive director Jack Nulty.

But there's a reason the Homes for Hope organization offers loans and doesn't just hand over the cash.

"It's just like going out and getting a job. You work for somebody, and in exchange for that, they'll turn around and give you payment for that, you know. But you've done the work and therefore, you receive the payment. Well, a loan for someone in extreme poverty works the same way," says Nulty.

And he says it's working. Bienvenida, a young woman from the Dominican Republic, was able to use her $200 loan to buy a small space to sell chicken.

"When I met her later she was selling about a hundred pounds of chicken a day. She was employing people, she made enough money to buy herself a home. She was also able to send her kids to school."

Stories like hers are why Red Door Homes decided to take part and build a house here in North Dakota.

"We're not worried about counting hours or tracking time. Some are going to help on the weekends and some are going to help during regular hours. You know again everyone is just going to come together and do what they can," says Red Door Homes division manager Arthur Goldammer.

They expect the five-bedroom, three-bathroom house to be completed this spring.

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