With a grateful smile, Hilda says: “Thanks to the volunteers, our everyday life is easier.”
“I now say, yes! It is true! I can cook everything at the same time. And I take about two hours to look for enough wood, which lasts three days.”
“Much of what I do can be completed in my house. I have more free time that way. I feel more free rather than being confined to two rooms,” Mercedes says.
“I like that Habitat Guatemala has projects, especially Healthy Home Kits,” Simón remarks. “With the stove, the latrine, and the filter, families can be better.”
“Now, it works well, it’s cleaner and easier to clean, and it’s so comfy!” she exclaims.
For as long as she could remember, she woke up in her mother’s overcrowded house to the sounds of seven other people traipsing between rooms. She dreamed of a better living situation, especially to cope with a painful time in her life.
“Many people in the neighborhood have Habitat Guatemala houses, or have worked with Habitat Guatemala projects,” Rudy mentions. “We went to the office in Panajachel to find out more, and we turned in our paperwork shortly after.”
Thanks to their local committee, Matea and Susana both collaborated with Habitat for Humanity Guatemala to build smokeless stoves. Their lives have been changed forever.
“Having freedom is easier. Here, we can take our time in doing things. We are only two, soon to be three,” she laughs, rubbing the top of her stomach.
With his five children quickly growing up, he knew that the lack of space in his home would present a problem. For that reason, he sent in an application to build a housing extension with Habitat Guatemala. His family was quickly accepted.
“They said to him that Habitat Guatemala helps build housing solutions with people like us. If we wanted to build, we could.”