National Women Build Week volunteers helping build homes in Fairfax

National Women Build Week volunteers are helping build homes in Fairfax. (Suzanne Kennedy)

A team of 50 women are leaving their day jobs behind and are helping to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. It's all part of National Women Build Week. This is the ninth year for this event, which is being held across the country.

The two homes being built in the Hybla Valley section of Fairfax County are three bedroom, two bath. They are being sold to first time homebuyers for one percent down and zero percent interest. The new homeowners must also put in 300 hours of "sweat equity" to help build the home.

The women's event introduces a trade many are unfamiliar with.

"On our construction staff three of the four are women so we like to think of Women Build Week as out own gender breaking," Jon Smoot, Habitat's Executive Director said.

Kerry Fowler is one of dozens of women giving their time in this three day event.

"This is just a wonderful way to give back to the community and help bring affordable housing to hard working families in the area," Fowler said.

The new owners will move in after the houses are dedicated in September.

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