Suyapa Mejia was born and raised in Honduras. For the past 12 years she has worked for NC Cooperative Extension teaching cooking and nutrition classes for low-income families. Suyapa has two daughters and two granddaughters. Although her oldest daughter lives on her own, she struggles with health issues and Suyapa often helps to care for her.
Supaya’s 12-year-old daughter Michelle will live with her in her new home. Michelle is a seventh grader whose favorite subjects are math and science. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up, but for fun she loves to learn about fashion and go shopping. Her mom has promised that when they move into their new house, she can get a puppy!
Suyapa and Michelle live in Burlington because Orange County rental prices are unaffordable for their family. Their apartment doesn’t have air conditioning and their landlord won’t make critical repairs. In addition, their complex is not in a safe neighborhood.
Owning a home is Suyapa’s dream. She is looking forward to living in a good neighborhood, and she knows that a Habitat home will mean a brighter future for Michelle.
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