Koinonia FarmIt was at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, where the concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity was born. Georgia Koinonia Farm
was founded in 1942 byfarmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.
The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had recently left a successful business and an affluent lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama to begin a newlife of Christian service.
At Koinonia, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of "partnership housing." The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side withvolunteers to build simple, decent houses.
The Fund for Humanity
The houses would be built at no profit and interest would not be charged on the loans. Building costs would be financed by a revolvingfund called “The Fund for Humanity.” The fund's money would come from the new homeowners' house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities. The moniesin the Fund for Humanity would be used to build more houses.
The Fund for Humanity’s mission statement:
The poor not only needs charity but also needs capital and co-workers as well.
The Fundfor Humanity will meet these needs. Money for the fund will come from shared gifts by those who feel they have more than they need and from non-interest bearing loans from those who cannot afford tomake a gift but who do want to provide working capital for the disinherited.
Inception of Habitat for Humanity
In 1968, Koinonia laid out 42 half-acre house sites with four acres reserved as acommunity park and recreational area. Capital was donated from around the country to start the work. Homes were built and sold to families in need at no profit and no interest. The basic model of...