Smokeless Stove: Sara Turuy

Sarita lives with her husband, Alvaro, their two girls Tania (11), María (7) and Alvaro’s mother in the community of El Rajón, Chimaltenango. While Sara takes care of the girls and house chores, Alvaro works in the fields to make a living.

Before partnering with Habitat Guatemala to receive their smokeless stove, Sara used to cook over an open flame, causing her to have irritation in her eyes and respiratory diseases due to the smoke. “Now the smoke goes outside, it is no longer inside our kitchen,” says Sara.

Sara explains how she feels with her new stove: “I feel happy, now the smoke is no longer inside my kitchen, I just have to light the wood and it keeps burning by itself,” she continues, “I am saving a lot of wood too, because it is big enough for me to cook all my meals at the same time.”

She finishes by sharing a message to the volunteers: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, May God continue giving you strength to keep on helping people in need.”