Ana lives with her husband Rigoberto, their son Santiago, Ana’s sister Evelyn and her niece Génesis in their new Habitat home in the Luis Samayoa Housing Community, in Usumatlán, Zacapa. While her husband works as a mason and her sister works in her own store, Ana takes care of the children and the house.
Before partnering with Habitat Guatemala, Ana and her family lived with her mother in law and then rented for two years. The need of having their own space to be a family made them decide it was time to gain their independence. “When you are renting you have to pay and pay but you know that it is not going to be yours. Now, we know that we are paying for something that belongs to us,” says Ana.
Ana explains how they feel because of their new house: “I feel happy, calm and safe”, she continues; “our kids like to play around the house we also go out in the front street to play. “There is no place like home!”
When asked about the construction and celebration with the Global Village volunteers, Ana remarks: “The volunteers were really nice, they worked really hard and played with our kids. Thank you very much for all your support. We miss you here and hope to see you all soon!”