Bii Gii Wiin mostly helped with credit and getting things in line, showing that path to homeownership. I found their solution to be unique because it was Native based and the curriculum translated to our ways to better understand. Their approach made it seem easy, they set up steps for you and as long as you followed the steps it helped the path to homeownership; it just seemed easier. It’s been a great experience as a whole in all areas of life to know that I now have a home. I have already recommended Bii Gii Wiin to family, friends and co-workers.
With no knowledge or education about the homebuying process, we chose Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund because it’s local, it’s a Native American organization, and their reputation precedes them. They helped to guide us through the not-so-easy parts of homebuying.
They were unique because I didn’t need to wait for an appointment. I could just show up. What we particularly liked about their approach was that it was very person-to-person.
That was great! There were fun parts and hard parts.
Sometimes we had to wait and sometimes we had to get last minute paperwork in. Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund helped the whole way! I would recommend the organization. We never would’ve gotten a house if we hadn’t come to Bii Gii Wiin.
Eshetu is not buying a Twin Cities Habitat home for himself. Rather, he’s buying a home so his mother, Yelfgn, and his three younger brothers, Tesfaye (20), Daniel (15), and Habtamu (13), will have a safe and stable place to call home. He was the first in his family to move from his native Ethiopia to Minnesota. He knew his mother and brothers would soon be coming separately from Ethiopia, so he worked very hard to earn a home for them. Currently, the family lives in a two-bedroom apartment in St. Paul.
Evidence of Eshetu’s dedication to his family can be seen in the fact the he is the first Twin Cities Habitat homebuyer to come from a referral partner organization, Bii Gii Win. Eshetu took the initiative and contacted Bii Gii Win to begin his financial coaching. The organization determined he was ready for homeownership and referred him. After an initial interview, he turned in all his paperwork, worked out his mortgage budget and started looking at properties to get matched with. When he saw the new townhomes in Heritage Park, he knew he’d found the home his family needed.
Though he is several years older than his brothers, the four of them enjoy sports together, especially soccer. Once he gets his family settled in their new home, Eshetu plans on continuing his education. In the future, he also hopes to have a wife and children to share the home with.