Barbara Massiel Salvatierra is a mother of 4 children who has been the beneficiary of a home in Colonia Skipper Habitat in Usumatlan, Zacapa. Barbara’s life has been marked by resilience and determination to create positive change in her community. She saw and experienced firsthand the challenges that arise from the lack of basic necessities such as potable water. These circumstances motivated her to seek a better life for herself, her family and neighbors in the community.
Barbara’s journey took a significant turn when she became a beneficiary of a Habitat for Humanity home. The opportunity provided her with a safe and affordable place to live, ensuring stability and security for her family. The Habitat house not only improved her living conditions, but also instilled in Barbara a sense of empowerment and hope.
Recognizing the importance of access to clean, safe drinking water, Barbara actively participated in a new project initiated by Habitat for Humanity. She took on the responsibility of representing the interests of her community and acted as a liaison between Habitat and the residents.
The completion of the water reservoir project brought transformational changes to the Barbara community. Previously limited and unreliable access to water was replaced with a steady supply of potable water, improving sanitation, hygiene and the overall well-being of all residents.
Barbara’s story serves as an inspiration to others as it shows the transformative power of collaboration, advocacy and the pursuit of a better quality of life for all.