Joaquín Raxaco- Smokeless Stove Program

“This is the first of a total of 48 stoves built here with us in Guachipilin!” – says Joaquin Raxaco Sical accompanied by his wife Angelinaas they proudly show us their stove, which was built with the support of Union Church.

Angelina is cooking corn, and tells us that it is now much easier to prepare food, as she no longer needs to bend down and her eyes don’t water because smoke doesn’t accumulate in the kitchen .

Angelina and Joaquin have raised 10 children . They proudly tell that they have 27 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Most of them live in the city. Joaquin is a 72 year old farmer who is a volunteer for Habitat and his village of Guachipilin.

He has coordinated the work for the construction of the stoves earlier this year. Proudly he tells us that he is responsible for the water supply of the village. “When the 48 stoves were completed, we celebrated together and thanked the donors and God. On behalf of every one the families, I want to say thank you to the donors. Our lives have become much easier.” -says Joaquin.










Hirma Iboy- Smokeless Stove Program

On the way toHirma Yolanda Iboy Sic’s hoome, we pass through corn fields. She and her husband Manuel  live in a home made from adobe, in Guachipilin near Rabinal. Their eldest daughter Roxana Noemi and 3 grandchildren live with them.

Manuel works for a security company, Hirma is a housewife,  busily tending to the vegetable garden and taking care of the pig, chickens and ducks.

The children also need a lot of attention, “I thank the Union Church donors from the bottom of my heart for this stove! I wish them health and a good life ” says Hirma. “At the beginning of the year I had surgery which made it difficult to cook using the open fire pit that was on the ground.  This new stove is a blessing!” – she laughs broadly and pours us a coffee in a traditional bowl.

The wood used for cooking, which used to be enough for 2 weeks, now lasts 4 weeks with the news stove. They will use the money that they save to buy a new kiln









Glenda Cahuc- Smokeless Stove Program

On our way through Guachipilin near Rabinal, we visit the house  of Glenda Amarilis Cahuc Mendoza. The young woman is busy washing clothes andthe washed pieces are drying in the sun. She welcomes us with a smile..

Her husband Minor  is a construction worker and is currently working on a construction site. Their son Cristopher Armando attends the local school.

“I had headache from the smoke when I used to cook over the open fire pit on the ground” – Glenda tells us, pointing to the kitchen, which is located in a small room. “Thank God the new stove was built. There is less smoke in the kitchen and I use less wood.¨ .

Once a week shecleans the stove according to the maintenance instructions given to her by Habitat Guatemala. This ensures that the stove will work without problems for a long time.

Glenda feels it is important to express her gratitude to the donors, because they could not have raised the money for a new stove on their own. The new stove has come at the right time for her and her family, as wood has become considerably expensive in recent months.










Olga Iboy- Smokeless Stove Program

Hidden among cornfields in the village of Guachipilin near Rabinal, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala lies the small wooden house of Olga Leticia Iboy Valey. She is a weaver and single mother of two children. The 10 year old Lester and the 14 year old Maria Angela are at school today.

Olga ,with pride, she shows us her new stove, which was completed in April of 2022. Olga is thrilled: “The stove works very well. I can cook much faster!  I no longer have lung pain, which was often the case with my old stove. ” Olga now has much more time to spend with her children and can devote more time to weaving, her main source of income. With pride she tells us that her daughter Maria has also learned to weave . With joy, she shows us her creative work made by hand which are sold at the local market.

“I thank the donors from the bottom of my heart The stove is a great blessing for us. My health is much better. Maltiox – thank you!”, she tells us with joy as we waves goodbye.









Mayra Juárez – Smokeless Stove Program

In April 2022, Mayra Elisabeth Juarez Cortéz and 47 other families, living in the village of Guachipilin , Baja Verapaz received smokeless stoves donated  by Union Church a.

“Uztilaj aniim!” Mayra greets us in Achi, the language of the local mayan population with her daughter Dalila Adriana des not leaving her side, watching us very curiously. Mayra’s husband, Leonel  is a mason by trade and is currently working on a construction site in Rabinal.

“Before, I used a simple fire pit on the ground and needed a lot of wood to cook the food. It’s very different now, as I use much less wood and I can cook the food much faster . The unpleasant smoke is no longer a nuisance” – mentions Mayra .

With the money the family saves on wood,  they plan to invest in improving the water supply in their home.

“Maltiox”- thanks, says Mayra – “I thank from my heart ALL who helped us in this way. God bless them.”