Américo lives with his wife María Esperanza, and their three children, Karla (17), Erick (15) and José (11) in their new Habitat home in San Pedro las Huertas, Sacatepéquez. Américo is a tailor and Esperanza works as a nanny, while all the kids are studying!
Before partnering with Habitat Guatemala the family used to live in an old house that was built half with blocks and half wood, their family of five living in just two rooms. Their prime motivation to build a new home was for everybody to have their own space, “This house is not for me, it is for my children,” says Américo. He explains that after learning about Habitat and attending the trainings they finally decided to invest in their own home!
When asked about how they feel with their new home, Américo smiles, and responds, ” We are very happy, especially my kids, the house is really pretty!”
As a family, they enjoy spending time together, having lunch and watching movies too! “We have more comfort now, everybody has their own room,” says Américo.
When asked about the week of construction with the volunteers, Américo and the children start smiling and sharing some of their memories of that time that they spent together,“It was a great week! They were really strong and fun. They helped us a lot, carrying all the materials inside,” he continues, “we are very grateful for their support, may God bless them.”