Mariela lives in Chimaltenango with her husband, José Sergio, and their daughter, Alisson (1). Thanks to the support of Thrivent Builds, her family received a Habitat smokeless stove so that she can cook in a healthier environment.
Before partnering with Habitat Guatemala to receive her smokeless stove, Mariela used to cook over and open fire on the floor. Causing them respiratory diseases and burns, because they sleep in the same room, where they cook.
When asked how she feels with her new smokeless stove, María responds, “I feel very happy with my new stove! It is working great,” she continues, “We can save wood and the best part is that the smoke no longer stays inside. The family supports their livelihood by working in the fields. Mariela weaves traditional clothes for an additional income.
Regarding their time spent with the volunteers, Mariela shares, “We enjoyed our day together, they worked hard and were funny.” She finishes by sending a message to the volunteers: “Thank you all for your support in building our stove, we are looking forward to seeing you again.”