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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Women are breaking a sweat for Habitat for Humanity.

As part of National Women Build Week, Habitat annually challenges women to devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing.

It's a spot in the house most women don't frequent. Under the house with no air, plenty of dirt and even a few little friends.

"I don't mind the frogs but there are some not so friendly frog fans in here," said Joleigh Sartiano.

These women volunteers have never completed a task like this before

"When we were first given the task I think everyone's eyebrows raised a little," said Sartiano.

But with a good sense of humor, and plenty of tries they proved no task is too much for a woman to complete.

"It took a little intuitutive thinking and some problem solving but you know what we are on a roll now and we are pretty much almost done with the other side," said Sartiano.

Today Flint River Habitat held a Woman's build as a part of National Woman's Build Week. "It's not intimidating, it's a fun, friendly construction site you get to contribute to the community and help a family with affordable housing," said Stacey Driggers, Executive Director of Flint River Habitat.

Where women are encouraged to pick up a hammer and help.

"Women come out and the first thing in the morning and say I don't know if I can do this, but by the end of the day they've done so much, it is empowering," said Driggers.  

And those who show up, get to build in style. Those who participate get a pink hard hat, pink hammer and a pink nail belt along with other treats.

Close to 100 ladies signed up to participate in this years build, but there is always room for more.

 For this week only they are building from 8:00am to 8:00pm, so you can come out after work and donate a few hours of your time.

The women's build will go on until Saturday. If you want to help out just stop by the Woodland Oaks Subdivision or the Habitat Office. Men are not excluded.


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