Basilia Sacuj lives with her family in the department of Sololá, Guatemala. She and her husband Benjamin have two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. While Benjamin works in the fields, Basilia weaves huipils, the traditional Maya blouse, and other items. She also takes care of the home.
“My other stove was really old.”, begins Basilia. “It made my tortillas very smoky and the flavor was awful. Now my tortillas turn out well.”
In addition to constructing a smokeless stove with the support of Habitat for Humanity Guatemala, Basilia and her family also now have their own water filter and sanitary latrine. Basilia says: “We were used to drinking water that had not been filtered, but now we get sick less often. And while before we shared a latrine with our relatives, we now have our own to use. I am happy and they are happy too!”
“It was great to have the volunteers here!”, shares Basilia. “I was happy to have them here. It was a fun time and they were so nice. And they worked well!”