Maria

Blossom Inspirations
Peru

Maria sits in her window, carving and painting gourds in the sunlight, telling stories and singing with her children. In her village outside of Lima, there is spotty electricity and little access to running water. When the power does turn on, her family huddles excitedly around the radio, listening while Maria works. But before Maria met our partners, she was running ragged and ever anxious to feed her family—especially in the slower season when sales and meals were not guaranteed. Maria was stunned when our partners placed such a large order. As they built a relationship with her, slowly hope and stability began replacing fear and anxiety. Now Maria has a stable income, and though she still works hard—bartering prices with local farmers, cleaning, drying, painting, and carving the gourds—she no longer sells them in the city, leaving her children alone and at home. Now that they are safe and well-fed, Maria’s heart’s cry is to see her children in school. As she saves for their future, they sit together listening to soccer games on the radio, in a new, sunlit circle of safety and stability.

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