Sanitary Latrine – Manuela Cortéz

Manuela lives with her husband, Eugenio, and their four children, Milton (18), Evelyn (13), Tomás (10), and Lizardo (3) in San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá.  While Eugenio works in the fields, Manuela is a homemaker.

Manuela found out about Habitat Guatemala’s sanitary latrines project through a local committee member, who explained the process to them. Before partnering with Habitat Guatemala to receive the family’s sanitary latrine, the family had been using a toilet given to them by the government. The problem is that the community where they live does not have constant running water; They receive water every four days. Therefore the family cannot use the bathroom very often. Manuela explains, “Because we do not have water all the time, it was very complicated to use the old toilet. But, thank God we found out about this project. Now, we feel happy and more comfortable with the new latrine.”

Manuela finishes by sharing a message to the volunteers, “Thank you all for your support. We felt really happy when you came. Thank you for supporting families like ours.”