Doña Isabel (67) lives with her husband Santiago (65) and Isabel’s mother in the community of Sacchim, San Sebastian, Department of Huehuetenango. Don Pablo works in the fields, while Isabel stays home and weaves traditional clothes.
With the support of Home for a Home and Habitat Guatemala, the Gregorio family received an extra room, a smokeless stove and a sanitary latrine. This helps them improve their living conditions by giving them more room to sleep, an adequate access to proper sanitation and a smokeless free environment. When the family found out about this project, they knew it was a great opportunity to improve their family’s quality of life.
Before receiving their housing solutions the family occupied one room that was used to sleep and cook using an open fire pit. The construction was made from adobe bricks, a dirt floor and metal corrugated sheets as the roof. “We feel better with our new room because it is warmer. We no longer suffer from the cold.”
Regarding their old stove, Isabel shares: “The old stove was in poor conditions, making my eyes red. The new stove is working fine! We no longer use much wood and the smoke goes outside.” The family reported an improvement with their new latrine too as their old one was in poor condition and had been in use for over 15 years.
Isabel finishes by sharing a message to our donors: “Thank you to everyone who has supported us! Receive our greetings. During these difficult times, there are not many people who are so generous. We appreciate their kind gensture.”