Isabel, her husband Domingo, and their five children, Juana (18), Bryan (15), Rudy (14) Elmer (13) and Madeline (11) are the owners of a new Hybrid Home in the community of Santa Lucía Utatlán, Sololá.
Our Hybrid Home is a two-room home built with a mix of traditional materials: adobe blocks, cement blocks, and wood. This solution is partially subsidized which means that beneficiary families are asked to contribute towards the cost of materials and provide labor such as preparing adobe blocks, among other tasks. Before partnering with Home for a Home and Habitat Guatemala, Isabel and her family used to live in a one room house built out of adobe blocks and wood with a ground floor. When asked how they feel about their new home, Isabel answers, “This has been a big change for us. Now, we feel calm. The rain and wind can come, because we are safe here”.
As part of the Hybrid House Programs, families also receive a latrine, smokeless stove, water filter and a pila. This helps them improve their health by giving them access to proper sanitation, a smoke-free environment and safe drinking water. When asked what is her favorite part of the house, she smiles and answers; “The entire house is my favorite part! I have always asked God for a house like this one!”
Isabel finishes by sharing a message with the donors, “May God bless you. Thank you for sharing this blessing with us. We are grateful and wish you well in your paths”.