Smokeless Stove: Blanca Rivera

In a small community called Las Lomas in Chimaltenango, Doña Blanca lives with her husband  Jose, and their two girls: Naydelin (7) Darlin (10). José works in agriculture, the girls are studying and Blanca is a homemaker.

Before partnering with Habitat Guatemala to receive her smokeless stove, Blanca used to cook over an open flame stove; causing smoke to be inside her kitchen, irritation in her eyes and respiratory diseases to the girls too.

When asked how she feels with her new stove, Blanca responds: “I feel happy, it is very different now! There is no more smoke inside our kitchen and I can prepare my tortillas while cooking our beans and rice.”

The family have good memories of the time shared with the volunteers, “It has been a big blessing to receive them in our house and spend time together, we had a great day!” says José.

José and Blanca finish by sharing a message to the volunteers: “Thank you all for your big heart and support, may God bless you! Receive our greetings and feel welcome to come back and visit us again.”