Ronald Aguilar – Maumee Valley HFH – Willie Nemeth

Ronald, his wife, Jazmín, and their two children, Ronald (4), and Liam (4 months), are now living in their new Habitat home in San Juan Ostuncalco, Quetzaltenango. Ronald works as a security guard, while María takes care of the household chores and raises their children.

Before partnering with Habitat Guatemala, Ronald mentions that they used to live in a house that belonged to his mother, “All this land belongs to my parents, so when they distributed it we received the plot of land where we built the new house.” He continues, “This was one of the main reasons that we built our own home. The other house was given to my sister, and we had no place to live.” Ronald explains that they learned about Habitat Guatemala’s programs through one of his siblings. After doing some research, they decided it was time to invest in a space of their own.

When asked how they feel with their new home, Ronald smiles and answers, “We feel at peace! we love it here. It’s very calm. We can do whatever we want here, in our own space. Ronald can play safe and happy!”

Ronald explains that what they enjoy most as a family is, “… playing with my boys! Because of my work I am often not at home. So, when I come back, we enjoy our time together.” He continues, “Our life has changed on many levels. For example, at the old house, we did not have running water. Ronald constantly got sick because it was too cold. Now, it is completely different! We have running water, the house is comfortable and Ronald is not getting sick anymore. As I mentioned before, we feel at peace.”

When asked about the time shared with the volunteers the family recalls, “They were really kind! All of them formed a great connection with my family, especially my mom. They all played with Ronald, too!”

He finished by sharing a message to the volunteers, “Thank you all for your support! We are grateful for you and your visit. We are looking forward to seeing you in the future. Please feel welcome to come visit! You came in the moment when we needed it the most. We urgently needed to finish our home, and you made it possible.”