Koresa and her family

Koresa is a confident mom, businesswoman and overcomer who has worked hard to get where she is in life. Now, she is ready to take the next step in establishing self-reliance by building a new home with the help of other strong women and Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. Growing up in an unstable home has…

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Minani, Manirakiza and their family

Minani, Manirakiza and their family Minani works in housekeeping, and mom Manirakiza works in manufacturing to support their seven kids. Originally from Burundi, Minani and Manirakiza spent the majority of their lives fleeing the dangers of war and conflict and seeking safety in refugee camps to protect their family. During those fearful years, a peaceful…

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Tasha and her family

Tasha and her daughter, Ty’jhaya (11), are taking a huge step towards a safe and stable future. They will soon achieve the strength and independence that comes with affordable homeownership. For the past 5 years, Tasha has worked as a shift leader in foodservice. Despite her experience, she is not able to afford a conventional…

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Omari, Chantel and their family

Omari, Chantel and their family Omari and Chantel’s close-knit family of nine has sacrificed and worked so hard for a better life. Their children, ranging in age from 3 to 19, constantly help their parents with chores, translations or anything else their family needs. The family was forced to flee their home country of Burundi…

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Crystal and her family

As a single mother of two sweet kids, Crystal goes above and beyond daily to build a better future for herself and her children. The love she has for her children, Mahogany (8) and Shaheed (1), drives everything she has done to provide them with a better life. Coming from a big family, with 4…

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Shawanna and her family

Every day, Shawanna does the near impossible to provide a better future for her family. Working three jobs, caring for four children and furthering her education is a huge responsibility this supermom handles with grace. Shawanna describes her family as “blended, unique, fun.” Her two children, Michael (12) and Skyleigh (9), are excited to help…

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Natasha and her family

Natasha’s amazing story is centered around her love for her kids. As a single mom of three–Tayon (17), Ariyah (12) and Natayah (10)–she puts her children above everything else. As a family, Natasha and her kids enjoy spending family night in, watching movies or playing games. They even consider themselves movie buffs! Natasha loves playing…

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Ruth and her family

Ruth’s remarkable story is centered around her love for others. As a single mom of three teenagers – Nicholas (14), Diamond (16) and Boston (18) – she puts her children above everything else. As a family, they enjoy visiting parks and fishing. Ruth and Diamond enjoy singing together, a hobby that started when Ruth would…

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