Category: Stories From the Field

CREATING A BRIGHTER FUTURE

After long days of work at home cooking, cleaning and taking care of her husband and kids, Josefina goes to work in the evening on her sewing machine to fix and make clothes for sale so she can earn extra income. She used to work under the dim and flickering light of a candle, which…

BIG DREAMS

Juan dreams of working as a professional one day. He is not sure exactly what he wants to be but he knows that he wants to break away from the difficult conditions of life in rural Guatemala. In order to achieve his dream he has to study hard. Juan wakes up every morning and goes…

IMPROVING LIFE AT HOME

For Maria, the simple task of taking care of her infant in the middle of the night was a complicated challenge. With her battery powered flashlight, she would first check on the baby to see if she needed attention. If the answer was yes, she would light a candle with a box of matches because…

ALWAYS CONNECTED

Pedro wakes up every morning at 5 am in his little house and proudly heads to his field in a remote region of Alta Verapaz in Northern Guatemala where he grows broccoli and lettuce. His home is in complete darkness first thing in the morning. He needs light to gather his working tools and his…