What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
In 2005, Habitat for Humanity Argentina launched an “Impact and Sustainability” project aimed at addressing the country’s dire housing situation with community wide housing solutions that integrated systematic changes and sustainable improvements in the areas of economic stability, environmental awareness, home construction and home maintenance. In so doing, HFHA soon discovered that 92% of the prospective beneficiary families within the communities targeted did not qualify for the project because they lacked proper title and/or the deed to their land. It was at that moment that HFHA came to the realization that the success of any sustainable community development program was contingent upon the inclusion of an initiative that addressed property rights.
Tell us about the social innovator—the person—behind this idea.
The idea for the Legacy Literacy Initiative came from HPHA. Ana Cutts is HFHA’s Executive Director. Born in South Africa to missionary parents, Ana has over 15 years of experience managing humanitarian programs in the nonprofit sector. Ana studied in England where she received her B.A. from the University of Nottingham in (AÑO) and her Masters in Nonprofit Business Management from the University of Durham in (año). Thereafter, Ana began her professional career in Buenos Aires where she managed a daycare center for homeless children sponsored by the Anglican Church. Ana then aligned herself with the United Nations as a Program Consultant to the Economic Development Unit prior to working as an Official United Nations Liaison to their White Helmets Commission. As an Official Liaison, Ana spent 5 years managing and supervising humanitarian projects in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Latin America. In 2000, Ana became the co-founder of the NGO, Microenergy, which focused on local micro-business development. In 2003, Ana was invited to oversee the opening of HFHA where she acts as the Executive Director. HFHA works in Santa Fe, Lujan, and Buenos Aires, building housing solutions and hope with families that live in inadequate conditions, underscoring the power of national and international volunteerism to develop impoverished communities.
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