Transito is proud of her stove, which has granted her a multitude of benefits. “The stove cooks well. You don’t need to feed it as much wood, it’s less work to maintain, and I’m so grateful for it.”
Since building a new stove, Emiliana is happy with how it works. Before, where her old stove was difficult to maintain and leaked copious amounts of smoke, the new one is just the opposite.
“We are content with our house,” they both agree in unison. “We are so happy.”
Lucia Santos Tobar heard the rumors from her neighbors. According to a few women living in her village, there would be a community meeting about ways to help families like hers.
The women gave her family clues to why everyone was sick. The culprits? A malfunctioning stove, contaminated tap water, and an unsteady and unsanitary latrine.
“For a long while, we have cooked on a Habitat Guatemala smokeless stove that my in-laws built,” she says. “We loved the design and how well it worked, so we applied for our own.”
“Family is close, but there are no problems. We can be ourselves in this house.”
She claps her hands together in appreciation. “I don’t have many words to say in Spanish, but in K’iche, I thank you for your hard work. I’m so happy with the stove.”
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.