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Habitat, Lowes team up on 'Build Week'

| March 17, 2021 1:00 AM

Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho and Lowe’s partnered to raise awareness of the global need for safe and affordable housing for women during International Women Build Week March 8-15.

On International Women’s Day, Habitat and Lowe’s kicked off more than 300 Women Build projects supporting women-led households across the United States, Canada, and India.

According to The National Women’s Law Center, 80 percent of U.S. jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic were held by women. The United Nations has reported that 40 percent of all employed women globally work in the industries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"So many mothers work hard to advocate for their children, whether it be during the school day or at home," a press release said. "Whatever is needed they figure out a way to meet the needs of her children. Walking the journey with Habitat fulfills the dream of home ownership and gives the peace of mind needed to look to a brighter future.

Lowe’s and Habitat’s partnership began in 2003. To date, the program has brought together more than 143,000 women volunteers who have built or repaired nearly 6,000 houses, including in North Idaho.