The Iboy Cahuec Family – Joanne Morra – HFH Canada

Olmar (27), is living with her wife, Melissa (21) and their daughter, Kiara (4),  in their new Habitat home in Rabinal, Petén. Both of them work as merchants in Rabinal and other towns of Baja Verapaz.

Olmars’ mother, Catarina, welcomed us into their home because they both were at work and could not be present during our visit.

She shares that the family has known about Habitat Guatemala for many years. “This was the opportunity for them to achieve independence and have their own space,” mentions Catarina.

Before partnering with Habitat Guatemala, they used to live at Catarina’s house and the rest of the family. When asked how Olmar feels with his new home, her mother shares, “He is very happy! Now, they have their own space, and are more independent. There is enough space for Kiara to play too.”  In the future, the family plans to paint the house and eventually add an extra room.


About the time the family spent with the volunteers, they recall, “It was a fun week, all the volunteers were hard workers, and despite the heat, they worked hard!  With the great help they gave us, we progressed a lot faster with the construction, specially the trenches becase the dirt was hard, and now, here we have the house completed.”

She finishes by sharing a message to the volunteers; “Thank you all for your big support, you were part of the foundations of this house. All our family is grateful to each one of you.”