Iris Pinol lives with her husband, Luis, and their five children, Jorge (16), Julio (14), Oscar (12), Brian (8) and Luisa (4) in the department of El Progreso. Iris works in a tortilla shop and her husband works as a mason. Prior to building their Habitat home, the family lived in a shack made out of metal sheets on the same land where they currently live. These previous conditions meant that water entered the house in when it rained and the heat was very strong on hot days.
After learning about Habitat Guatemala through some family members, Luis decided it was time to build a home of their own.
“We are so happy, because now our children have a stable and safe house!” says Iris. She continues explaining their plans for the future, “We want to paint it on the inside in the future. We enjoy spending our time together inside.”
Iris thoughtfully reflects on her time with the volunteers who came and helped her build her home, “It was a nice experience for us to share with all the volunteers, my daughter still remembers you every day. Thank you for your support, we will always remember you.“