María lives with her husband Edgar and their five children, Edgar (11), Eddison (10), Madeline (8), Belsy (4) and baby Melany (11 months old) in a small community in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
While Edgar works in agriculture, María takes good care of the children and the house chores.
She explains how partnering with Habitat for Humanity Guatemala to implement a smokeless stove has improved aspects of her family’s daily life: “I used to cook over an open flame on a wheelbarrow. Causing us severe respiratory diseases, even my newborn baby got really sick with the old stove smoke,” she continues, “I feel content with the new one! It saves wood and there is no more smoke inside our kitchen.”
María finishes by sharing a message to the volunteers: “Thank you for your support, I am very grateful to you all.”