Kual Ayai, a devoted husband, loving father of three daughters, provider, protector, and former elementary teacher in his home country of South Sudan, moved to Chattanooga in 2010 with a mission – find employment, provide a safe haven for his family, and to achieve the American Dream.
Habitat officials said, "You would never know from his constant warm smile that Kual functions off a small amount of sleep daily. He may be tired but he is extremely inspired to become a homeowner through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga."
In an effort to establish a firm foundation for his family, Mr. Ayai and his wife enrolled in Habitat for Humanity’s Homeownership Program in July 2013. Families who enroll in Habitat’s program are required to complete a minimum of 350 sweat equity hours before they can purchase a Habitat home. Traditionally, it takes up to 12 months for most working families to complete their hours. But in Mr. Ayai’s case, he secured more than 200 hours in two months and is well on his way to becoming a first-time homeowner.
After working two eight-hour shifts six days a week, Mr. Ayai has denied himself rest to volunteer 30 hours weekly at Habitat to expedite the homeownership process. His perseverance has led him on a fast track to successfully fulfill his dream of owning a home.
On Saturday, the fruits of his labor will pay off when he and his family along with members of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Second Presbyterian Church and Mizpah Congregation break ground of his new Southside home. Construction will begin following the groundbreaking and the home is expected to be completed by late May – weather pending.