Reyna Chajón – Foley – John dubois

Doña Reyna lives with her husband Juan Roberto, in a small community called el Rajón, Chimaltenango. Reyna takes care of the home, while Ramiro works as a teacher.

Before partnering up with Habitat Guatemala to receive a Smokeless Stove, Reyna used to cook on an old stove that was gifted to them. “It was very hard to cook in it, because it consumed a lot of wood, and did not worked correctly,” says Reyna. It caused her and Juan different respiratory diseases and red eyes because of the smoke.

Reyna feels really happy with her new stove; “I feel happy and content with my new stove. It is big enough for me to cook all my meals, and the tortillas. It saves wood too! We do not need to buy wood as often. What I like to cook the most is fried chicken!”

When asked about the process of building her stove, Reyna refers; “I found out about this project through my mother- in-law, she told me about it, and we decided we wanted to participate,” she continues, “it was really fun to build our adobe blocks, all our family got together and made different shifts to finish them. We all worked together as a community and managed to finish on time for construction.”

About the day of construction, Reyna recalls; “It was a fun day, they worked hard. All of them were really kind.”  – She finishes by sharing a message to the volunteers: “Thank you for coming to build our stove, thank you for your support! It has made our life much easier.”