Erika explains that the new smokeless stove has saved her family’s life.
At sixteen years old, Modesta Mariela is in charge of the family meals. Thanks to a new Habitat for Humanity Guatemala stove, her life has become a bit easier.
Delia is relieved that she doesn’t have to worry one danger: her children burning themselves on an unsafe cooking stove.
Simbiona reflects that since building the stove, their household no longer has to spend a fortune on firewood. “Instead, we can give more food to our children so that they can grow and develop.”
We arrive at Ana Silvia’s home earlier than expected. She is still trying to finish some of her chores, but when she discovers that we are visiting to hear about her experience with Habitat Guatemala, she is instantly overtaken by joy.
“It is very satisfying to own your own home and to have a place that is safe for my family. We moved around for a few years, and it is very comforting to have a steady place of our own instead.”
“Thank you for taking time off your professions and providing the means to build our home.”
“So much has changed…how can I explain it to you? The time that we spend together is much more precious. Our daughter doesn’t have to go outside all the time for the lack of space. She can play in her own house.”
For as long as they can remember, Gloria and Iberto Amperez used to make two, thirty minute trips a day under a thick smog of heat and dust. Their goal? To reach the Pacox Chiticoy schoolhouse, which lies on the outskirts of the sleepy town of Rabinal.